Minn. community medics trade ambulances for sedans

New program has paramedics paying housecalls; part of an effort towards preventing emergencies by providing in-home care and monitoring

By Maura Lerner
Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS — As a paramedic, Peter Carlson is used to racing to people's homes. But on his way to see 86-year-old Erika Bruvelis earlier this month, he stopped for coffee and parked outside her Minneapolis house for several minutes — reluctant to arrive too early.

In this case, no one had called 911, and with any luck, no one would go to the hospital.

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