Emergency Crews In Oregon Issue Staff Shortage Warnings. What Type Of Employees Are Needed?

On Thursday, medical providers from the Oregon State Ambulance Association and the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association warned that critical workforce shortages of Emergency Medical Services employees will soon have a negative impact on patient’s access to timely care as well as the general population’s overall health.

Officials from EMS have stated that their organizations have been confronted with a variety of difficulties since the year 2020. Among these are the exhaustion of the personnel, the rise in the price of fuel and supplies, and the absence of two years’ worth of paramedic school cohorts as a direct result of the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to those who work in emergency services, these difficulties have a direct influence on their capacity to respond directly to medical emergencies and other emergency calls.

According to the employment projections program of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, between the years 2020 and 2030, the rate of job turnover for emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and health technicians is projected to be 11%, which is higher than the rate of job turnover for any other occupational category in the US economy.

Emergency Crews In Oregon Issue Staff Shortage
Emergency Crews In Oregon Issue Staff Shortage

Since the beginning of the pandemic, private and public emergency medical services agencies in Oregon have been reporting between 50 and 70 percent fewer applicants for the position of a paramedic, according to a survey conducted by the Oregon State Association of Fire Chiefs (OSAA) and the Oregon Fire Chiefs.

In addition, according to the officials, the need for paramedics has greatly increased, but the number of EMS professionals being licensed has more or less remained the same.

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