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Paramedics' fatigue is everybody's concern

Paramedics' fatigue is everybody's concern | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
Who among us can claim to be capable of achieving optimal work performance after 13 hours on duty?
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The role of the paramedic can be extreme. Dealing with life and death situations, working in emotive environments, trauma, shift work, and constant pressure can result in the breakdown of the paramedics ability to make decisions and provide the best medical care required. Fatigue is dangerous, detrimental and has dire consequences.

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Patient dies after overworked paramedics opt for a shift change, delaying treatment

Patient dies after overworked paramedics opt for a shift change, delaying treatment | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
A PATIENT has died after sick, tired and overworked paramedics opted to do a shift change instead of taking the patient straight to hospital.
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This article suggests an enormous failure within the Queensland Ambulance system. Paramedics who were overworked and fatigued, shortage of staff, communication breakdowns, and the outcome was the death of a patient. It appears that nobody wanted to take responsibility for any wrong doing instead pointing fingers and covering up tactics were used. 

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Paramedics: Growing concern that stressful working conditions could be putting lives at risk » The Injured Workers Support Network

Paramedics: Growing concern that stressful working conditions could be putting lives at risk » The Injured Workers Support Network | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
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Poor working conditions, stress, pressure and lack of support are all factors that are causing harm to Victorian paramedics. Statistics showing an increase in work related stress, mental health issues and larger absences from work are of concern. More alarming is the high suicide rate of Victorian paramedics. Every effort should be made to support these paramedics.

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Paramedics are being assaulted on the job

Paramedics are being assaulted on the job | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
PARAMEDICS will be told to press charges and file police reports every time they are abused by a patient, as the NSW Ambulance Service and the government crack down following a spike in paramedic assaults.
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It would appear there needs to be an overhaul of the justice system regarding the consequences of assaulting paramedics who are performing their duties. Police are armed and there are severe punishments for people who assault or hinder police officers, however paramedics are unarmed and the justice system does not seem to support them as well as it does the police.

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RECRUITS - PARAMEDICS: Trailer

Every 15 seconds ... somewhere in Australia ... someone calls an ambulance. Rushing to help are paramedics, our most trusted profession. From bleeding noses ...
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A brief video outlining the initiation of newly graduated paramedics into the job. It show cases the sense of urgency that they experience and how much they have to learn from their more experienced mentors. The sense of uncertainty and fear of the unknown appears to be overwhelming at times for some students. Learning how to interact with different types of people, some from cultures whom they may have never encountered in their lives can prove to be difficult.  These experiences are paramount in the learning process and it is of the utmost importance that senior paramedics take the time to teach and guide students.

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Granny Banned After 1,000 Emergency Calls

A granny calls an emergency line more than 1000 times. Calling an emergency hotline for petty reasons is no joke. A 67-year-old granny from Queensland, Aust...
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A ridiculous situation where a member of the community simply abuses the system. A series of warnings were given to this individual who refused to stop wasting the time of medical professionals and call centre staff. This behaviour resulted in court proceedings. This type of nonsense can put lives in danger and should be dealt with severely.

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Fatigued paramedics fear for safety of patients

Fatigued paramedics fear for safety of patients | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
Leaked Ambulance Victoria report concludes paramedics have been recording fatigue levels that equate to a blood-alcohol reading more than twice the legal limit - and that patients' lives are being risked.
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The fact that paramedics are afraid for their patients and are doubting their own abilities is of great concern. To make admissions that they purposefully drink alcohol at the end of a shift to avoid being called in to do overtime outlines the severity of this situation. Without doubt fatigue is a serious ominous threat to both paramedics and the community in general.

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Protecting the role of paramedics :: SA Health

Protecting the role of paramedics :: SA Health | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
Paramedics are health practitioners that provide rapid response and emergency medical assessment.
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This article focuses on the title and role of "paramedic", it is about legislation that governs the use of the title and ensures severe consequences to those who would use it without the proper qualifications. There are distinct differences within the roles of the modern day "ambo", and it is important that those definitions are understood within the community. 

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Paramedic safety in the spotlight

Paramedic safety in the spotlight | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
IN HIS 14 years as a paramedic, Matthew Eastham has seen several of his colleagues physical and verbally assaulted.
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The need for paramedics to have greater protection from both physical and verbal abuse is obvious. Dealing with emotive situations as well as having to deal with intoxicated people is an environment wrought with peril. 

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Mia McGeough's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:25 PM

This article refers to the verbal and physical assault and hinderances often experienced by paramedics. It states that although people intend to help, often they impede paramedics from performing their job in assisting injured/sick persons. Notably, the article mentions a proposition for tougher penalties for people who assault paramedics of up to 3 months in gaol or $13 000 fine. I wonder how effective this will be at deterring people. I do not believe that people under the influence of alcohol or drugs are not responsible or accountable for their actions. In fact I believe just the opposite that all people are accountable for their actions, regardless of whether they are under the influence or not. However, scenes where paramedics are required are often emotionally charged and people under the influence can be difficult to manage and sometimes may not be consciously aware of what is happening or what they are doing. Which is why I question how effective such penalties will be at deterring people from assaulting paramedics.

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Man charged with assaulting Sydney paramedic

Man charged with assaulting Sydney paramedic | Nats OHS Notes | Scoop.it
A man is charged after allegedly hitting and kicking a female paramedic who was treating him in Sydney's CBD.
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This article describes how a female paramedic officer was brutally attacked whilst doing her job.  It does not say however what the outcome of the perpetrator being charged was. Once again there appears to be a vast difference between police and paramedics in how offenders are dealt with. Emergency health care providers are the front runners in prehospital care, their safety should be paramount.

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