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Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Healthcare Hazard Identification.

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Hazard identification is the first step in risk prevention. This scoop is an easy to follow hazard identification video that relates to health care and outlines very important topics that would influence Lisa's everyday working environment. The hazards mentioned must be controlled to ensure Lisa is safe from injury and illness. Infection control to prevent spread of disease, cleaning up spills to prevent slipping, lighting control to ensure people can see their way around and to not strain their eyes, bed height must be appropriate to prevent back injuries, and the potential that a client is aggressive may become a hazard and is something to be aware of when assessing.

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Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Fire evacuation safety plan.

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Fire evacuation safety plan - Family Planning

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Here is the fire evacuation safety plan in which Family Planning Queensland have implemented and display on their walls around the clinic. This is very important for all staff to know where to go in the event of a fire to prevent injury or worst case death and to also inform clients where to go and assemble at a safe designated area while waiting for help to arrive.

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Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Handwashing.

Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Handwashing. | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
Washing hands properly after using the toilet, changing nappies, handling animals and before and after handling food helps prevent the spread of various forms of gastroenteritis, some of which can cause serious health problems. Use soap and warm running water and wash hands for at least 10 seconds. Liquid soap is best.
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Here is a great article which covers why washing hands is important, when to do it and how to do it. Hands must be washed all the time  in a health clinic especially before and after dealing with each patient to prevent the spread of infection.

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Trent at Rockhampton Meatworks (5 people that influence me in OHS)

Trent at Rockhampton Meatworks (5 people that influence me in OHS) | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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This is my boyfriend Trent who is an MSA Grader and Chiller Assessor at the Rockhampton Meat works. In this picture amongst other OHS equipment, the components Trent is wearing which will be discussed are: ear muffs, two cut resistant polo gloves, one mesh glove, and “whites”. The ear muffs are mandatory for prevention of industrial deafness around noisy machinery. The gloves worn on both hands are cut resistant polo gloves required when using knives to prevent small cuts, however in addition to wearing the polo gloves, a mesh chain mail type glove must be worn on the hand opposite to the hand using the knife and thus is for extra protection from more severe injuries if the knife was to slip and make contact with the hand. The whites that are worn is a protective uniform to simply prevent any outside contamination the workers may potentially transfer without such protection barrier which is especially important when working in an edible area dealing with meat processing. These are not to be removed from or worn outside the working area and are washed daily ensuring they are always sanitary.

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Lisa at Family Planning Queensland (5 people that influence me in OHS)

Lisa at Family Planning Queensland (5 people that influence me in OHS) | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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This is Lisa. Lisa is a women's health nurse at Family Planning Queensland where my Mum works. At a workplace like this and any other health clinic it is important to maintain personal hygiene at all times. Nurses are required to wear gloves whilst examining patients and are also required to practice correct hand washing techniques and the clinic supplies hand sanitizer to patients and staff and are encouraged to use it regularly avoid spread of germs. In relation to this, examination beds also have to be wiped down and covering replaced after each contact from patients. All staff also receive their flu needles each year through the workplace to avoid spread of illness each flu season. There is an assigned OHS officer at FPQ who works part-time and is responsible for organising fire escape drills for education of staff and ensuring exits are kept clear.

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Derek on his Jetski (5 people that influence me in OHS)

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This is my Uncle Derek who enjoys riding his Jetski for recreation. In this environment, health and safety matters include: wearing of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), complying with Maritime Safety Queensland laws of under 0.05% blood alcohol content (BAC) and ensuring possession of necessary safety equipment off shore. PFDs must be worn to prevent potential drowning in the event of capsize or collision. The maximum BAC compliance of under 0.05% ensures the human reflexes and response times to emergencies are not reduced so much so that it is considered a risk to themselves or others. Another compliance with Maritime Safety Queensland laws is to ensure the following is kept on board a water craft: an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), hand flare, orange smoke flare and V sheet. In the event of an emergency these are to signal to a satellite (EPIRB) and locate the user’s whereabouts for rescue, or visually signal passers-by in order to receive help from other vessels and possibly require them to contact emergency services if needed.

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The journey to my future career!

The journey to my future career! | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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Almost at the end of my Three year degree I'm looking forward to representing that green uniform society looks up to and helping others the best way I can whatever their struggle may be. Also very importantly following safe work practices and occupational health and safety laws to ensure the safety of myself, partner, colleagues and patients

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Firefighters & Paramedics staying healthy, fit and ready for duty

http://www.Facebook.com/FireFighterChris http://www.Shakeology.com/FireFighterChris Working out with fitness programs like INSANITY and P90X combined with th...
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It is very important for Paramedics to stay healthy and fit so they are ready for duty. Lifting patients twice their size in some cases and providing care that requires a standard fitness level. We can all achieve this by eating healthy and working out to reduce injury and stress whilst in the workplace.

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Coroner condemns paramedics who refused to save drowning man in ditch 'for health and safety reasons'

Coroner condemns paramedics who refused to save drowning man in ditch 'for health and safety reasons' | OHS in the Paramedic World | 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.

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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.

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

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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.

Alicia Jade Locke's curator insight, March 5, 2014 9:26 PM

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.

 

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.

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Ten Unmissable Destinations in Queensland, Australia

Ten Unmissable Destinations in Queensland, Australia | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it

The Land Down Under is a huge country with plenty to see and do, whether your interests lie in active travel and the outdoors or whether you prefer culture, food and vibrant city life. The state of Queensland in Australia’s north-east is especially popular among visitors and offers a... ( #travel source http://www.exebit.org/ten-unmissable-destinations-queensland-australia/)


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Born in the beautiful state of Queensland, Australia I can't see myself living or working anywhere else. I would love to later move to south east Queensland and enjoy the Great Barrier Reef as much as possible.

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Swim safe this summer | Queensland Ambulance Service

Swim safe this summer | Queensland Ambulance Service | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
QAS Gold Coast Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN) Assistant Commissioner Dee Taylor-Dutton said paramedics have already responded to 347 drowning incidents across Queensland this year, with 61 of…...

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A Parent's worst nightmare can be preventable just by spreading awareness about pool safety, the importance of early swimming lessons and having a secure gate. Turning your back on a child for a minute can be so dangerous when water is involved and EVERYONE needs to know this and know what to do in such event.

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TE-ARN MYERS's curator insight, March 2, 2014 5:48 AM

All parents and pool owners should have a first aid certificate with CPR. Can mean the difference between life and death or permanent disability.  

Lauren Swift's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:37 PM

This article explains how important swim safety is especially since it is approaching the hotter weather. That guardians/parents need to supervise there children when around water at all times not just in a pool but anywhere near water, and what to do if something goes wrong. How to perform correctly CPR whilst they are waiting for the paramedics to arrive, this is especially important as it can make a big difference between survival and death. 

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Paramedic Simulation

If you came across a car accident would you know how to help? The Faculty of Health paramedic staff and students run regular simulation exercises.

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Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Dealing with aggressive and non-compliant patients.

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This document is about caring for a person who is aggressive, it explains why this can occur, possible reactions expected of an aggressive patient, goals for nursing the person, things to consider for prevention of aggressive behaviors and what to do if confronted with aggression. Although this rarely happens at Family Planning, it is always something to keep in mind to protect the safety of oneself and others.

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Rescuing my Person of Interest - Lisa: Women's Health Nurse. Preventing Back Pain.

Click on the title to view the webpage on preventing back pain at work or home.

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This article explains correct lifting techniques, guidelines for a healthy back and how to sit and stand properly to prevent back injuries and applies to all environments work or home.

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ARC-CSI Crash Conference 2012 Test #1 Inside the Ambulance - YouTube

Pontiac Grand Prix into a Ford E350 Ambulance at approximately 45 MPH. Inside view of ambulance with test dummies for patient and EMT. All crash test data an...
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Michelle on her bicycle (5 people that influence me in OHS)

Michelle on her bicycle (5 people that influence me in OHS) | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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This is my cousin Michelle and her husband Rod on their bicycles which they ride for fitness. Health and Safety issues that could arise in this area are: fatigue, snake bite and a trauma injury. Fatigue is a major issue in sport and can be avoided by taking regular breaks, staying to a pace that is comfortable for each individual and drinking plenty of water. Depending where you ride, a snake bite can be quiet common riding through bush trails as the leg is often exposed as the rider is more than likely going to wear comfortable sport pants; this risk can be reduced by wearing covering over the lower leg and in the event a bite does occur it is recommended to always have a first aid kit complete with compression bandages for snake bites and a phone to call for medical help, 000. A phone and first aid kit would also be of use in the event of a fall resulting in a scrape injury or to call 000 in a serious event; and always travel with another person for extra precaution or tell someone where you’re going.

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Brad at Stanwell Power Station (5 people that influence me in OHS)

Brad at Stanwell Power Station (5 people that influence me in OHS) | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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This is Brad, the Site Manager at Stanwell Power Station where my Dad works. He is responsible for promoting a Zero Harm workplace at Stanwell through ensuring that the Corporate Health and Safety Management approach is adopted in all work activities, developing and actioning specific Health & Safety Risk Plans and implementing Health and Safety Initiatives at the site. This includes: ensuring workers are wearing appropriate clothing protection including high visibility work shirts, wearing of steel capped safety boots and hard hats. High visibility has been implemented in all construction sites to ensure whereabouts of staff while vehicles or machinery are being operated to reduce risk of injury to bystanders. Steel capped work boots are also very important when working around machinery so as to not cause a severe crush injury in the event a heavy object was to fall onto a workers foot. Hard hats are also mandatory in the large operation rooms where there is risk equipment can fall from above.

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What I Want To Be When I Grow Up (A Wanna-Be Medic) » Least ...

What I Want To Be When I Grow Up (A Wanna-Be Medic) » Least ... | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
These are all things that many an aspiring paramedic dream of–and I'm not exempt–but I am sure that they all lose their novelty eventually. These are not the reasons I want to be a paramedic. Saving lives is one, but it's not ...

Via Amy Weise
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Describes the field of Paramedics brilliantly! Well worth a read. "The flashing lights and sirens aren't even the wrapping on the package–they’re the tag. Inside, is the chance to make a difference... We may cure seldom, but we can relieve often, and we should comfort always.”

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Amy Weise's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:06 AM

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog. Whilst I have taken a little longer than most to decide on what I want to be when 'I'm a grown up', I can relate to this author's justification for the motivation to become a Paramedic. At no point when I was making the decision to study for this profession did I take into consideration the possible safety concerns that I may need to be aware of during this career. It never entered my mind that I may be assaulted and/or injured in the line of duty. For me this job was about having the ability to help someone in a time of crisis. The warm fuzzy feeling that you get from knowing that you not only have the tools, but the knowledge to bring a person back to life. It was never about the lights and sirens, actually I would cringe hearing them, knowing that someone was in dire straits, but thankful at the same time that help was not too far away. I certainly do hope that I don't lose sight of what this profession is all about!

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Paramedics will get power to refuse to take people to hospital in a bid to crack down on ambulances being used as taxis

Paramedics will get power to refuse to take people to hospital in a bid to crack down on ambulances being used as taxis | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
PARAMEDICS will have the power to refuse to take people to hospital in a bid to crack down on ambulances being used as taxis.
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I believe this is very important to change these laws so that paramedics can spend less time on those patients who merely need basic first aid and more time on patients who desperately need transport to a hospital bed without having to wait unnecessary hours in Accident and Emergency when they are more deserving of a bed than those occupying them. During my placement I have come across such patients who ring an ambulance at 3 am because they've been having cold symptoms for two weeks and haven't bothered to visit a doctor; these cases become more frustrating when there are cars in the driveway and family members quite capable to driving the person to the doctor. However it is the Paramedics duty of care to get them the necessary help from hospital even though they should have and were quite capable of seeing a doctor when the problem arose.

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Donna Vandermaat's curator insight, July 1, 2014 8:49 PM

Will this really be the case,  will the paramedics have the support from higher management to actually implement this successfully?

George Proctor's curator insight, July 17, 2014 6:42 PM

One of the many choices in the life of a paramedic in concerns to the severity of a patient and if it is worth the time spent taking them to hospital when a more serious case might just be minutes away. 

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Assaults of NSW paramedics rising

Assaults of NSW paramedics rising | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it

This is an increasing concern for paramedics The chief of the NSW ambulance service says he's alarmed that violence against paramedics is rising, with 47 staff attacked already in 2014.

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Being a rather small built person myself it concerns me greatly of how many violent attacks there are on paramedics and this number is continuing to rise. In an aid to lower these attacks there should be access in Ambulance stations all over the world to have self defense classes and awareness. Another way this number may also be lowered is if Paramedics are allowed in future to carry equipment such as taser stun guns for their own safety.

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Humpback Whales: Hervey Bay

Humpback Whales: Hervey Bay | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
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My own photo taken while Boating (one of my hobbies) between Fraser Island and Hervey Bay, QLD. Absolutely breathtaking!

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Police Drug Testing Facts in Queensland

Police Drug Testing Facts in Queensland | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it
During 2006, alcohol and other drug use were identified as a contributing factor in 106 fatalities within Queensland, representing 31. 6% of the Queensland road toll.

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As Paramedic's although trained to save lives in sickness and injury, prevention is ALWAYS better than a cure. With our ever increasing road toll the message should be spread of how big of an issue drug and drink driving is to the people who commit these offences and other innocent road users who are affected simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Too many lives are taken from these careless acts which leaves me asking the question: Why aren't more things being done to stop people driving under the influence?!

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Queensland Ambulance Service - About QAS

Queensland Ambulance Service - About QAS | OHS in the Paramedic World | Scoop.it

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A link to information about many areas that make up the Queensland Ambulance Service.

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Aaron Abbott's curator insight, March 2, 2014 12:54 AM

A brief overview about the Queensland Ambulance Service.