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Paramedics furious over life-threatening rosters | The Area News

Paramedics furious over life-threatening rosters | The Area News | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
LOCAL paramedics are threatening industrial action for the first time in 30 years, saying a new roster system which could force them to work up to 160 hours per week will put lives in danger. ...

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Recently Queensland has begun to see the effects of very similar rostering outcomes! Politics gets in the way of safety to both paramedic and patient, this week, 1st week of June 2014, Queensland ambulance service has increased its establishment slightly to begin to account for the rise in workload.

 

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Chris Hoffman's curator insight, March 11, 2014 11:15 AM

Dangers in the workplace are not always physically seen and workplace fatigue can be fatal. As a shift worker for the past 13yrs, I can understand the need pace yourself and not just look at the extra $$$! Each person should be responsible for their own fatigue level in addition to that care extended by the employer to prevent injury and burnout.

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Field Medicine: EMS and SonoSite Ultrasound

Visit http://www.sonosite.com for more information Firefighter paramedics BJ Cauley and Jason Bowman with Keller Fire Rescue, Keller, TX, talk about the uses...

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Can't wait until this technology is included in every day paramedic practice. Some versions exist in QLD, mostly for Intensive Care and IPAP Paramedics (Isolated areas). Great in the aid of diagnosing abdominal trauma, and potential internal injuries, unseen to the naked eye! Great stuff!

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Britain's NHS understaffing risks lives - Press TV

Britain's NHS understaffing risks lives - Press TV | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
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Britain's NHS understaffing risks lives
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With national NHS reforms sometimes clashing with the needs if local people, ultimately, it's the patients who pay the price.
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It's very much a worldwide issue, in rostering, staffing levels and fatigue of paramedics and other pre-hospital EMS staff. As a worldwide issue, it should be addresses, to set a standard. The safety and health and poor lifestyles of paramedics is a known thing, it's often said "we don't do it for the lifestyle or the money, we do it for the love of doing it"! TOO TRUE!

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Firefighter injured, 7 displaced in apartment fire - Carlisle Sentinel

Firefighter injured, 7 displaced in apartment fire - Carlisle Sentinel | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Firefighter injured, 7 displaced in apartment fire
Carlisle Sentinel
NEW CUMBERLAND — One firefighter was taken to an area hospital after an afternoon fire in the 500 block of Bridge Street.
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Had to add a fire scoop! My current work force, full of hidden and not so hidden dangers every day! ALL of the work emergency responders do, revolves around maintaining the safety of themselves, bystanders and those in need!

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Making EMS Safer

A new degree program aims to teach paramedics how to effectively mitigate the risks of the job

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Brian Maguire, Professor at CQU, hugely successful in the US in promoting safety in EMS, and researching the work lives of paramedics. is wealth of knowledge astounds me!

 

 

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Vonny~'s curator insight, February 8, 2014 8:00 PM

Another great program we have developed here at CQUni, tailored to making our world a safer place!!!

Emma Humphries's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:32 AM

There is much more to being a paramedic than just transporting patients - knowledge on self care is now more important than ever. 

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Vic paramedic becomes unwell at mine fire - Ninemsn

Vic paramedic becomes unwell at mine fire - Ninemsn | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
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Vic paramedic becomes unwell at mine fire
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Vic paramedic becomes unwell at mine fire. 12:21pm February 26, 2014.
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Seems to me someone didn't use their respirator! PPE is supplied for a reason, common complacency is the killer (pardon the pun) when it comes to breaches in safety in response to things like this!

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Vonny~'s comment, February 27, 2014 9:04 AM
A really interesting article that really highlights the multiple contexts that paramedics find themselves! :)
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Orlando Medical Institute - EMT Birth Simulation Scenario

www.OrlandoMedicalinstitute.com In this video the Orlando Medical institute EMT students are assisting a simulated patient with childbirth. The use of our La...

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Simulation is slowing revolutionising prehospital medical education! Making for safer practice and better clinical skills overall!

 

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Intensive Care Paramedic

Intensive Care Paramedic | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it

Anthony is an Intensive Care Paramedic with Careflight.  As a shift worker, he and his crew operate both day and night.  Their area of operations vary from coastal regions to remote inland areas.  As such weather conditions can vary greatly, and play a pivotal role in the safe operation of the helicopter.  While the pilots are primarily responsible for the safe operation of the aircraft, all team members take an active approach to operational safety, particularly when conducting winching operations.


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This is where I aspire to be in the next 5-10 years. Once I have enough experience on road, I will fly high in the sky, saving lives and finding new ways to better pre-hospital medicine!

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PatrickandAlexis Doyle's curator insight, March 22, 2014 7:33 PM

There are many hazards and risks associated with this job.  While not all of them are listed below, some of the main risks include:

 

- Slips, trips and falls.  Daily inspections of the helicopter require the crew to climb on top and inspect the rotor.  This can be dangerous in wet or windy conditions.

 

- Manual handling.  Removing the helicopter from the hangar requires a combination of mechanical and manual handling.

 

- Chemical exposure.  During refueling operations, crew are exposed to JetA1 fuel.  Risks include skin and eye contamination, and the risk of fire.

 

- Ergonomics.  Seating in the rear of the helicopter has poor ergonomics.  Extended periods in these seats can lead to short or long term back injuries.

 

- Manual handling.  Moving a patient on a stretcher, along with medical equipment can weigh up to 160kg.  Working in remote areas with limited helpers can expose the crew to serious manual handling injuries while moving a patient into the helicopter.

 

- Fall from heights.  Winching operations expose the paramedic to multiple risks.  As such, all crew members take part in a risk assessment prior to commencement of winching operations.  Potential risks include mechanical failure of the winch, fraying of the winch cable, trees snagging the winch man during descent or accent, or engine failure whilst the helicopter is hovering.

 

Other risks to the crew and aircraft include bird strike, which is possible due to the altitude at which both birds and helicopters fly, and wire strikes during descent.  Single strand wires can blend into the surrounding terrain and can be catastrophic if the helicopter strikes them.

 

 

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Hypoxia, haemorrhage and hypotension: the interface between emergency medicine and intensive care medicine -- Foëx -- Emergency Medicine Journal

Hypoxia, haemorrhage and hypotension: the interface between emergency medicine and intensive care medicine http://t.co/lJJK04qldl
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Excellent research, and very fitting to the current climate, whereby prehospital medicine is becoming the fore of medical research. Finally it is being realised that getting things done early helps patient outcomes in the continuum of patient care!

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'Realistic' EMS training must avoid real danger - EMS1.com

'Realistic' EMS training must avoid real danger - EMS1.com | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
'Realistic' EMS training must avoid real danger
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If you subscribe to that philosophy, then you know that safety is a major concern in the training arena.
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Absolutely agree! I'm a trainer myself, adding undue danger in training scenarios = UH OH!

 

No need for added distractions while learning, while being assessed, absolutely. But training and learning requires the candidates full attention!

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Injured paramedic makes big strides after head-on crash - Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews

Injured paramedic makes big strides after head-on crash - Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews | OHS in EMS and Fire & Rescue #OHS Quest | Scoop.it
Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews Injured paramedic makes big strides after head-on crash Rick Kupchella's BringMeTheNews An Allina paramedic who was nearly killed in a head-on collision between an ambulance and SUV last month has made significant...
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Quite a remarkable recovery after the amount of damage! Surprisingly common in the US, ambulance crashes. Happens occasionally in Aus, in 4 years at Queensland Fire, I know of 2 ambulance crashes in Townsville, and 2 fire truck crashes.

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Vonny~'s comment, February 27, 2014 9:00 AM
Excellent ... great to see an annotation! :)
Caroline Kermode's curator insight, March 3, 2014 2:54 AM

I have just got involved with the SES and they stress the importance on not becoming a victim ourselves.  We are there to help and try and get there in a timely manner but our safety is the number one rule.