Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks?
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Occupational Safety and Health Risk for Emergency Services

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A fabulous literature review on occupational health and safety risks for emergency service providers, in a holistic view. Interesting to see the differences and similarities each emergency service faces!!! A good read!

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EMT and Paramedic Burnout | Recognition and Self Help

EMT and Paramedic Burnout | Recognition and Self Help | Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks? | Scoop.it
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It is important to take control of our own health and wellbeing! It is imperative to recognise signs and symptoms, and put inplace strategies for coping before hazards manifest as active problems!!! An interesting read for all paramedics!

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Why Unhealthy Eating Among Shift Workers Could Be An Occupational Hazard

Why Unhealthy Eating Among Shift Workers Could Be An Occupational Hazard | Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks? | Scoop.it
By Sophie Bushwick(Click here for the original article and podcast) For shift workers, odd hours usually mean strange sleeping habits and unhealthy meals.
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As emergencies don't just happen between 9-5, paramedics need to be on a 24hour rotating roster - which means night shifts, funky sleep patterns and appalling eating habits. Not only does fatigue put us at higher risk of injuring ourselves at work , but it also puts our patients at risk  - as fatigue may cause something to be missed ( hopefully this never happens!). Additionally, due to the likely inability to eat a healthy meal ( or time to eat at all ) whilst working a busy shift, paramedics are installing higher risk factors for serious health conditions as it is easier to grab a choccy at the servo than to return to station and eat a healthy meal during a busy shift.  As paramedics, i think its important to make time for us ( or create a plan ) that allows us to eat well balanced meals ( such as taking an esky on board), making time for exercise between shifts, and working out a way to manage sleep patterns.

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Investigating the role of the paramedic.....

Investigating the role of the paramedic..... | Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks? | Scoop.it
Welcome to Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA), a special interest group of Paramedics Australasia (PA). SPA provides student paramedics with networking opportunities between universities and relevant stakeholders in the industry through social, academic and professional activities.
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Paramedics play an integral part in providing good outcomes for those suffering acute or chronic conditions in the pre-hospital setting. Providing, potentially life saving interventions in order to assist early intervention for better outcomes. However, whilst multiple job roles describe what a paramedic may do in their day - and what skills they may provide, i feel there is a lack of awareness about the real risks and hazards associated with the job. I think employees should provide information on what to expect on the job, the risks involved and the harmful situations paramedics may be placed in before training commences.

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Are we further risking our patients to serious exposures?

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Are we placing our patients at risk? Back to back call outs are an inevitable part of being a paramedic. When other members of the public require the immediate attention of paramedics, insufficient time or access to proper sterilisation equipment may occur, leading to an uncontrollable a loss of infection control.

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks? | Scoop.it
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Paramedics are ticking time bombs for irreversible health related conditions....A few scary statistics of what paramedics  have to look forward too on a physical level! Even with correct lifting technique, overtime repetitive lifting of heavy objects, crouching down in confined spaces and positioning in awkward or odd positions, is causing irreversible and sometimes chronic physical conditions  to our paramedics! These conditions have the potential to leave paramedics debilitated and unable to perform daily activities with ease. Additionally, along with these conditions comes and increased risk for predisposing factors for other conditions or problems.

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Community Paramedics - The future of our job?

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The future of paramedics?!?!  With an expanding scope of practice in the pre-hospital setting - comes more risks and hazards to both provider (paramedic) and patient. How can we build a bridge to close the gap, without causing further risk to  patient and provider.  Community based intervention in a care based management has the potential to increase exposure to infectious substances, burn out, work induced injuries ( from working in cramped, confined spaces and repetitive lifting ) ect.

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Paramedics perceptions of risk and willingness to work during disasters.

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An interesting read! At what point does danger overrule the ability of a paramedic to sufficiently perform their job...or render than un willing to??

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Behind the Mask: Paramedic Occupational Traumatic Stress - YouTube

The Story of Paramedics' Jack and Kate and their shared experience of occupational traumatic stress!
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Hazards are not just materialistic - as a paramedic hazards can present themselves in the form of stress, mental health disorders and other medical conditions; they can be mental, emotional . When paramedics are not allowed the time to acknowledge the trauma they have been faced with - the lives, health and well beings can be put at risk . This video is has had a huge impact on me, it  acknowledges and sheds light on real paramedics who have experienced mental health due to the hazards they have encountered on road. A big eye opener, and must watch for all people considering working in this line of the work!!!

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Suicide and salvation in EMS: How to save a medic's life - EMS1.com

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Suicide and salvation in EMS: How to save a medic's life
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I can only imagine the mental and emotional anguish he went through, second only to the mental and emotional anguish that led a young, promising paramedic to take his own life.
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Providing support to those affected by confronting scenes is paramount in providing safety of paramedics welfare and well being. We  cannot simple erase the memories attached to being in a confronting situation, however by providing support we can decrease the risks associated with development of severe mental health problems, health disorders and reduce the stress associated with working in an unpredictable and sometimes uncontrollable environment! By intervening early following horrific incidents, we can ensure the safety of our officers- by providing the adequate support needed to emotionally, mentally and physically prevent occurrences of suicide due to stresses encountered by paramedics.

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When the people we try and help.... provide as the biggest risk and hazard for workplace injury and illness!

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Unfortunately, even with the best intentions to provide care to others, paramedics sometimes end up being the casualties! Violence, both verbal and physical towards paramedics is unacceptable and presents risk of injury both physical and mental to paramedics. We should not have to fear for our own safety whilst assisting others on the journey to recovery. Feeling threatened not only puts paramedics at a physical risk of assault and risks an increase in stress level (which can cause a whole kettle of other health problems) but it also puts our patients at risk - as our focus on treating  and providing a high quality of care, may shift as we focus on trying to keep ourselves calm. When there is a loss of concentration - mistakes happen!

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Workplace Health and Safety Queensland for reducing risk in the prehospital environment

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ESSENTIAL for future and current paramedics!!! Tips and tricks on how to reduce the risk whilst working  in all aspects of on road, pre-hospital care.  If there is a means of reducing risk to ourselves - and to others ( no one wants to accidentally drop a patient because their worn out shoulder joint gave way!) on road - we should take all possible steps to do so! Particularly as a paramedic i think its safe to say that reducing risk to ourselves, reduces risks to our paitents!

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Paramedic condemned for refusing to save drowning man in ditch 'for health and safety reasons'

Paramedic condemned for  refusing to save drowning man in ditch 'for health and safety reasons' | Occupational Health and Safety Issues encountered in the pre hospital environment - are we increasing the risks? | Scoop.it
Michael Rose, the coroner for West Somerset, said medics should have done more to save young farmer Michael Thornton, 30, (pictured) who died in a water-filled canal.

Via Rebecca Jones
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As paramedics, we shouldn't have to consider placing ourselves at a significant risk in order to save our patients. There is NO benefit, in attempting to help our patient if it places us at such a significant risk of harm that we may be unable to provide adequate medical attention, due to injuries inflicted  upon ourselves in the quest to access a patient.

 

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Rebecca Jones's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:56 PM

Article 2.

The very first thing taught to paramedic students and first aiders alike, is the DRABC action plan when approaching the scene of an accident or emergency. DRABC stands for: Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation; and are to be followed in this sequence. A paramedic will not be able to help a patient if they also become a casualty themselves. They are trained to not proceed if doing so is detrimental to themselves, their patient or others. May I be bold and suggest the the coroner is thoughtless and irresponsible for suggesting this and other paramedics should ignore the Clinical Practice Guidelines they are required to follow, and risk their own lives whilst at work.

Emma Petersen's curator insight, March 8, 2014 12:48 AM

In interesting case where a Paramedic made a judgement call to not enter an unsafe environment where a man needed help. As a resulted the coroner condemned the paramedic while the paramedic remained in his own right to put his own safety first. It was the belief of the Councillor that OHS laws are stopping paramedics doing their job which is a sad thing overruling natural instinct to risk one's life to save another.

Chris Hoffman's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:45 AM

If paramedics are called to an incident and find themselves unable to perform their role because of their own ignorance and disregard for tried and tested guidelines, they will be of no good to anyone. It's important to keep yourself and other workmates safe and pray that when and if a situation like this presents, that you have the peace of mind to do what is right.