OHS in the life of a Paramedic
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Ambos threaten strike action

Queensland paramedics are threatening industrial action over what they describe as an inferior wage offer.
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Being a paramedic has its ups and downs. In the last two years I've read articles about job cuts involving the emergency services. Speculation of inferior wage offer has been occuring in other parts of Australia as wll. Before I chose the career path of being a paramedic, I simply thought its income levels were high. Provision of pre-hospital care and working in critical surroundings whilst saving lives would make you think that a tough job would be highly paid. Seeing things like this on the news makes me wonder about my future as a paramedic in Australia.

 

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Paramedics respond to Kerang criticism

Ambulance officers have defended their actions at a Melbourne inquest into the deadly 2007 rail disaster near Kerang in north-west Victoria.
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The rail disaster in 2007 left 11 people dead and 23 injured. It saddens me at times when people throw accusations at paramedics or citicise their actions when all we're trying to do is help. The crew first on scene arrived 6 minutes after the call was taken but bear in mind that due to weather conditions it took the crew a while to get to the train by feet. Although paramedics may drive through red lights with flashing blue lights and sirens, the weather can often influence their time of arrival.

 

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Dramatic rescue of a woman from a car accident using the jaws of life

This accident occurred March 2013 at 5:20 pm EST at 8520 Harding Ave, Miami Beach Florida. The driver of a car was going at a high speed in a residential nei...
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This video shows great team work between paramedics and fire fighters. Big jobs like this call for different rescue services to all work as a team.

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Fatigue and Mental Health in Ambulance Paramedic Shiftworkers. | La Trobe University Research Online

Fatigue and Mental Health in Ambulance Paramedic Shiftworkers. (title); Courtney, James Andrew. (author); -- La Trobe University Research Online

Via Breeanne Watson
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Having done placement as a paramedic student, 12 hour shifts coud call for alot more coffee than what I would usually take. At times I would find myself dosing off on our way to a job. Doing shift work definately robs you off sleep!
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EMS Injuries (800) 327-0770

http://ems.stryker.com Are looking to reduce EMS injuries? Stryker EMS is dedicated to delivering best-in-class solutions for real industry issues that reduc...
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Being a paramedic can often be a physically demanding job. However, incorrect use of equipment or inappropriate ways of lifting or lowering  a patient can often be the cause of serious injury.

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Recruits: Paramedics Series 1 Episode 12 (Part 2/2)

It's a day of firsts for Blake who has just left Paramedic College and is now stationed in Coffs Harbour, NSW. His shift begins when a 13 year-old girl, worr...
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This show is absolutely amazing, I've watched a few episodes of this. This is definately what I want to do in the future. This show offers insight to the high pressure world of being a paramedic and people who want to achive a life long career as a paramedic.

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Disaster Drill Puts MacMurray Students in Action - WICS-TV

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"We actually have victims that come in and role play as victims," paramedic David Bye said. "We got homeland security, criminal justice that would secure an area.
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Excellent way to keep students prepared! A disaster drill would give paramedic students and those in training an amazing learning oppotunity where we can all help eachother out, learn together and improve on our skills and knowledge. This is also a great exercise for paramedics to pick out the hazards in their scenario and how OHS would relate to disaster events.

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Emergency Response Blue Light Driver Training, Instructor Demo Drive, Police, Fire, Ambulance

An Emergency Response Blue Light Driving Instructor delivering a Demo drive as part of a Blue light driver training course, using a Rapid Response car in a u...
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Safe driving! It is clearly an essential part of being a paramedic to have passed and completed your driver training. Driving through red lights is fun and exciting however, being the driver of both your patient and your partner, their safety and those of others surrounding you, lie within your hands.

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D.C. Paramedic Fitness Test

By Kathy Phillips.
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This Paramedic Fitness Test was held at Durham College in Canada. Being a physically demanding job I can see why this fitness test is completely different to how I imagined it. Last year I had my paramedics placement in cairns and before I did that I had to pass a fitness test. That was nothing compared to this! I was going on training as a student paramedic therefore my fitness test was not as intense as this. Paramedics need to be physically fit in order to carry out their job with ease.

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Paramedics under attack

CHICAGO) (WLS) -- Chicago emergency personnel are being assaulted on the job and first responders say it's getting worse. You could hardly blame paramedics i...
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Its articles like this that cause me to stop and question my choice of career. No matter what part of the world you work in as a paramedic, you will always be subject to some form of assult. The service we provide is to help and care for people, yet to only recieve such treatment of our efforts to help makes me question why I would even put my life at risk to help others. However despite this downside of being a paramedic, nothing satisfy's me more than knowing I've made someone's life just a bit better.

 

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