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Paramedic Care I Illness and injury prevention

Delmar: Foundations of Paramedic Care Vol 1 ch 8.
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The demands placed on paramedics during a shift, a year or a career can easily cause illness and/or injury if the workforce is not educated to know how to prevent these things occurring.  Paramedics need to look after themselves and be able to go home at the end of the day and this sort of material will help.

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NSW FIREFIGHTERS RALLY

NSW FIREFIGHTERS RALLY NSW Firefighters rally about WorkCover Reforms 21 June 2012-06-22 The strike angered Premier Barry O'Farrell, who allegedly told the u...
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A short video showing the strength of the comradery between emergency service workers and how important safe work conditions are! I believe that everyone should care about their profession this much in order to keep their mates safe and still serve the public to the best of their ability by not going without or taking advantage of the system that supports them.

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Paramedics furious over life-threatening rosters | The Area News

Paramedics furious over life-threatening rosters | The Area News | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | 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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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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Nick Holden's curator insight, June 3, 2014 8:50 PM

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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Family Challenges D.C. Law Protecting Medics After Man Dies Near Fire Station - Price Benowitz, LLP

Family Challenges D.C. Law Protecting Medics After Man Dies Near Fire Station - Price Benowitz, LLP | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
For decades, the “public duty doctrine” has been cited by judges across the country to dismiss any number of cases seeking to hold police, firefighters and paramedics accountable for seemingly egregious violations of their duty.

Via Price Benowitz LLP
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Wow! I pray that in the future, any medically trained person won't have to toss up whether it's worth intervening at any time should the situation present itself through fear of being sued or punished. As a future paramedic, I would want to help everyone I can....that's why I'm doing this!

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Price Benowitz LLP's curator insight, February 7, 2014 9:32 AM

This story is appalling.  It's shameful for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department in our nations capitol, for that matter, to show such gross negligence.  The fact that the DC Court of Appeals ruled that FEMS "has no duty to provide public services to any particular citizen," is an outrage.  Isn't that the purpose of FEMS?


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Ambulance paramedics 'punched, spat on' - Illawarra Mercury

Ambulance paramedics 'punched, spat on' - Illawarra Mercury | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
Ambulance paramedics 'punched, spat on'
Illawarra Mercury
... punching bags after a series of assaults on ambulance crews.
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A daily risk is exposure to disease and violence and paramedics can do little to eliminate it completely but there are ways of minimizing the occurrence.

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100 Club of Chicago

About Us The 100 Club of Chicago is the civilian organization that provides for the families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics who have lost th...
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It is crucial to have organisations such as 'The 100 club of Chicago' that offer amazing support for families of fallen comrades that work in our line of work. A reminder of the importance of workplace safety and why it's the responsibility of everyone of us.

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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' | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | 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, Alicia Jade Locke
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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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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.

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.

 

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.

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Workcover Victims Victoria: Stress takes toll on state's paramedics

Workcover Victims Victoria: Stress takes toll on state's paramedics | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
Figures released under freedom of information show 36 paramedics made stress claims amounting to more than $590,000 in the year to June 2008. This compared with 18 the previous year, which amounted to $322,000.
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Some interesting figures about Victorian Ambulance Service to do with how much workcover claims actually costs and that's just a relatively small state of Australia. The increasing trend of costs is disturbing and I wonder how much of it is to do with some people being less tolerant of mental and physical complaints?

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Woman injured in police chase - The West Australian

Woman injured in police chase - The West Australian | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
The West Australian
Woman injured in police chase
The West Australian
A witness told The West Australian the crash gave the unmarked police car the opportunity to cut across the crash scene and block the utility.
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The scene that presented to the paramedics that attended this job is an indication of the dangers that paramedics experience everyday. It further shows that situational awareness is crucial in maintaining occupational safety as the list of unknowns that are present are many!

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
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Manual handling forms a large portion of the work undertaken by a paramedic and over ones career, many incidents have the potential to cause long term injury if not handled correctly.  As a future paramedic I can see how performing manual handling well and staying injury free can prolong a career and save the government huge amounts of money in workcover costs.

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Donated Detroit ambulances to be maintained - WXYZ

Donated Detroit ambulances to be maintained - WXYZ | OCHS11026 - Paramedic Occupational Health & Safety | Scoop.it
WXYZ
Donated Detroit ambulances to be maintained
WXYZ
(WXYZ)-Detroit - It was shocking and disappointing. Twenty-three newly donated ambulance rigs were plagued with problems that kept them out of service.
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The workplace of the paramedic includes the ambulance vehicles and all paramedics should be on high alert when maintaining inspections of their vehicles.

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