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Leak sparks concern over Victorian paramedics' mental health problems, drug abuse

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About one in five paramedics has reported suffering from stress, depression or anxiety.
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As promised, a story about the "occupational hazards" associated with being a Paramedic. As stated though, there are support programs and counselling for all involved even family members.

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS-Medicine | Scoop.it
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This shows the common sites of injury for ambulance officers and paramedics. The most interesting point to mention is the most common site of the lower back (37%), due to lifting issues. I have been constantly told by paramedic coordinators, mentors and partners that the back is the most important area to look after. This is often due to multiple events of minor injuries to your lower back leading to chronic back issues which may eventually affect employment.

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Peter Lock's curator insight, April 27, 2014 12:50 AM

This article discusses the most common injuries experienced by paramedics, included is descriptions of the most prevalent injury types and their causes.


Information regarding common injuries that are suffered and their causes can assist Jaz in helping her pay attention to actions which may cause injury as well as which body areas to be mindful of, focusing on the back and shoulder injuries which account for 48% of injuries.

 

There is currently a step moving towards developing and implementing equipment for the manual handling of patients, relieving any effort for the paramedic.

Although this is a helpful development in reducing manual handling risks, I believe that in the meantime paramedics should develop their own equipment (their bodies) in being able to cope with the stressors of the job when equipment may not be accessible or dysfunctional.

Development can be focused on strengthening the areas which are most commonly injured and associated areas (legs and arms) which are involved in the injury causation.

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▶ Evacuation of Private Chris Gray Afghanistan - Chinook - YouTube

Watch as the British pilot (Flight Lieutenant Ian Fortune) of this Chinook takes multiple hits, including a glancing shot to his own head, on a troop extract...
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Before studying at university, I considered getting my degree through the military, until I realised there was no "paramedic degree" in the army. This video shows an amazing contrast of the risk mitigation involved in military operations compared to civilian.

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Disney Educational Productions -- Safety Smart DVD Previews Part 1 - YouTube

These are rehosted in their proper resolution from Disney's Education Productions section of their website: http://disney.go.com/disneyeducationalproductions...
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A great little water safety smart video for kids showing the important aspects of being safe in and around the water. Important as community education is part of paramedic practice, and this is a great way to get through to kids.

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Wilderness Medicine Rescue for River Runners - Adventure Medic

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NRS, R3 and Jim Coffey videos on swiftwater/whitewater rescue techniques, including equipment, strategy, throwbags, live bait, foot entrapment, self rescue.
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This page has excellent videos explaining rescue strategies, techniques and expert safety tips on Whitewater Rescue. Not paramedic specific, but interesting nevertheless.

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

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Some good tips for paramedics on keeping yourself and others safe. One point I didn't find was mental health issues, which I plan on exploring in this scoop topic.

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Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Barrington Tops motor vechile accident - YouTube

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As I think being a flight medic would be an amazing experience, this video shows the risk assessment of landing zones, patient triage and flight logisitics needed when back-to-back cases come in for a rescue helicopter crew.

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O'brien Safety Video - YouTube

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While water sports are extremely fun, there are some important safety tips that need to be considered when out on the water..

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▶ Attitude - A Snow Safety Film - YouTube

Attitude - A Snow Safety Film
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As I have ambitions to work as a ski medic, this video explains some things to think about regarding your attitude when taking on the slopes.

It contains info on:

Correct equipment

The points of the "Alpine Responsibility Code"

the aspects of safe slope skiing/boarding.

What to do when someone is injured.

Abiding by safety signs

Hypothermia safety and treatment

Making meeting plans to ensure everyone is ok

What to do when you get lost

Using (not so) common sense

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See What Happens To Your Body During A Car Crash: Video - Motor Authority

See What Happens To Your Body During A Car Crash: Video - Motor Authority | OHS-Medicine | Scoop.it

This is a great See What Happens To Your Body During A Car Crash: Video
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This is a great video of the mechanisms of injury which occur during car crashes, something that is integral when considering injuries suffered by patients. This videos also explains the increased safety which is being implemented from vehicle design.

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