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Recruits: Paramedics Series 1 Episode 10

Recruits: Paramedics Series 1 Episode 10 | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
At Paramedic College a class of new recruits are nearing their final assessments but before they can begin their on-road training there's one more hurdle to ...
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This factual television series gives the community insight to the high pressure world of student paramedics. At the time of this series, student paramedics in NSW received 8 week preliminary theory followed by 3 months on-road training. Ambulance services are now moving towards 3 year university degrees followed by 6-12 months on-road probation to maximize occupational education.

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Extreme ambos

Extreme ambos | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
They're the ambos pushed to the extremes after dark. From accidents to fights, they're there as all hell breaks loose.
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Alcohol fuelled violence is responsible for many emergency responses. This news report follows the Operations Supervisor around Brisbane City on a busy Friday night and identifies two cases I was present as a student paramedic. During my undergraduate career I’ve experienced firsthand the potential dangers involved with intoxicated patients. It is vital paramedics proceed to jobs with caution and identify risks to ensure a safe working environment.

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iPhone: iOS Emergency Features presented in patent application ...

iPhone: iOS Emergency Features presented in patent application ... | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
A future iPhone feature may offer handset owners added security features for real life-threatening events including emergency situations and accidents, AppleInsider reports, as detailed in a new patent application published ...
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Idealistically this feature could assist with reducing time to receiving treatment. The story states ‘the software would be able to tell the difference between driving mode and a sudden stop that could be caused by a collision’ this could potentially prevent extensive injuries and death in rural and remote locations where bystanders may not discover the scene immediately. Alternatively it may be argued this feature requires additional activation requirements to prevent unintentional distress signals and improper use of emergency services.

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Manual Handling

Emergency Management Services (EMS) is an Australian company providing specialist emergency response and risk management training and consultancy to industry streams including health care, manufacturing, mining, hospitality, retail as well as the public sector.
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Education on manual handling allows paramedics to eliminate or reduce exposure to hazards by changing the way tasks are executed in the workplace environment. In addition, I believe personal fitness plays a critical role in paramedic health. Individuals should maintain a healthy, active and physical lifestyle to prevent workplace injuries.

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Blood Exposure Among Paramedics: Incidence Rates From the National Study to Prevent Blood Exposure in Paramedics

Blood Exposure Among Paramedics: Incidence Rates From the National Study to Prevent Blood Exposure in Paramedics | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
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Due to environmental factors in a pre-hospital environment, paramedics are exposed to an increased amount to potential hazards. Needle-stick injuries are on a decline due to use of innovative retractable needles. However, this study demonstrates the additional factors such as cuts from sharp objects and mucous membrane exposures still pose a threat to individual health. It is vital paramedic’s don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce direct contact and seek immediate medical intervention should they become exposed.  

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Don't drive patients in emergencies, call Triple Zero | Queensland ...

Don't drive patients in emergencies, call Triple Zero | Queensland ... | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
An incident where a 27-year-old man attempted to reach hospital in the back of a friend's ute after a motorbike crash on Sunday, has prompted the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) to warn residents about the dangers of ...
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Medical emergencies require immediate intervention without delay. As a paramedic I believe community education on 'what is or is not an emergency' is vital to reducing death in a pre-hospital environment. During my future career I wish to contribute to community education programs such as emergency medicine conferences, community and school presentations and first aid courses.

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Medical Officer

Medical Officer | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
Be a part of a large organisation responsible for the continued health and fitness and preventative medical services of its employees.
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I'm passionate about emergency medicine and aeromedical evacuation which drives my desire to become a Medical Officer within the Royal Australian Air Force. With completion of GAMSAT in the coming weeks I endeavour to be enrolled in postgraduate medical studies in the next 5 years.

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U.S. Air Force - Medics of War: Meet the Air Force Physician

Interested in the medical career? Check out this video on what its like to be a physician in the Air Force.
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Medical officers practice leading-edge combat medicine with trauma care in a pre-hospital environment. Physicians receive extensive training in disaster planning, emergency medical treatment and aeromedical retrieval. This video gives insight to the role of an Air Force Physician- my dream job!

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New CareFlight Doctors put through aerial exercises - CareFlight Group Queensland

New CareFlight Doctors put through aerial exercises - CareFlight Group Queensland | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
Thursday 6 February 2014

Nineteen newly recruited doctors got a taste of life on the front line today when they underwent helicopter winch training at CareFlight’s Gold Coast base.

The daring exercise was part of an intensive training week...
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No two emergency cases are the same. For this reason, its critical paramedics continually refresh skills through scenarios. Frequent rescue scenarios ensure doctors are prepared to operate in a pre-hospital environment as they would in a hospital setting. Maintaining skills and regular training can reduce error and injury in an emergency situation.

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Four probes into ambulance crash - www.theage.com.au

Four probes into ambulance crash - www.theage.com.au | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
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The majority of a paramedics career is spent on the road, from high speeds weaving through built-up traffic to non-emergency patient transport. Most paramedic graduates will have never experienced such intense driving conditions let alone in a 4-tonne vehicle. The Queensland Ambulance Service has implemented mandatory driver training education to new recruits in effort to prevent workplace accidents. The paramedic involved in this tragic story had 23-years on road experience and that the incident may be result of poor road conditions. It is important that paramedics identify road hazards and drive to conditions.

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Ambulance personnel and critical incidents

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Paramedics are faced with many emotional and physical factors during their careers. The cause of psychopathology among ambulance personnel can be linked to ongoing exposure to critical incidents, illustrated by this study. I believe by utilising resources such as counselling, peer support and maintaining individual health and fitness, paramedics can reduce fatigue, illness and posttraumatic symptoms.

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Ambos warn that staff cuts are putting the public at risk - The Sunshine Coast Daily

Ambos warn that staff cuts are putting the public at risk - The Sunshine Coast Daily | OHS in Emergency Medicine: From the Streets to the Sky | Scoop.it
Ambos warn that staff cuts are putting the public at risk
The Sunshine Coast Daily
THE state's peak ambulance union has backed claims from paramedics that a shortfall in staff is delaying response times and putting the public at risk.
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Shift work can be physically and emotionally demanding on an individual. This article refers to staff shortage as ‘a risk to the puplic’. As a service to the community, employees need to ensure they exercise effective fatigue management to minimise error, personal illness and reduce staff shortages due to sick leave.

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