Health and OHS tips for Paramedics and Shift Workers
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Recruits: Paramedics Series 1 Episode 4

Jordan believes John's now ready to step up and take the role of primary treating officer. OC spray has been used by police to break up a brawl outside a nig...
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Recruits is a beneficial show for student paramedics to watch and critically analyse the actions of the paramedics and learn from these students who put themselves out there in order to learn and improve. They also are helping students all around the world by making themselves vulnerable and being recorded. In this episode a student faces a aggressive patient which is a common OH&S issue in the ambulance service. To use Recruits as an even better learning source I found it helpful to pause it after each job and ask yourself what hazards were evident. Also, review your assessments and critically analyze the job to get the most out of it. I personally recommend it as a study break from the books if you've been hitting them for a while! 

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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. At every O...
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Paramedics always need to refresh their skills. This simulation the Birmingham City University is worth a watch to review trauma skills..  Car accidents pose many possible dangers and hazards including: fire, fuel, explosion, glass, metal, fumes and more. There are many different potential threats; the paramedic must ensure the environment is safe before continuing and treating the patient/s. This is where some risk assessment training as well as taking precaution is of great importance. OH&S is vital in the emergency services. 

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Night rides - paramedics work the late late shift

A night with a Twin Cities ambulance crew.
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Paramedics commonly work night shifts. This demonstrates the importance of the healthy lifestyle articles I have re-scooped for shift-work. This video shows some information about how paramedics put jobs behind them and talk about jobs to try and maintain a clear head and continue to help people after going to difficult jobs. Paramedics work fatigued under very stressful situations and it is important to keep alert in order not to have an accident as a result of poor decision making.   

 

Fatigue increases the risk of injury. With paramedics needing to drive all throughout the night extra precautions need to be made to prevent accidents such as communication with other paramedics to keep the other on their toes. As well as looking out for ourselves we must also look out for our colleagues who may have fatigue or mental health problems occurring. 

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10 Minute Abs Workout - Fitness Blender Abs and Obliques Routine

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Even ten minutes a day of exercise or stretching can be extremely beneficial in maintaining a healthy body when doing shift work. There is a lot of options and techniques to maintain a healthy body. The key is exercise and diet. Drastic changes don't have to be made just always aim to improve yourself and set a goal and work toward it. Remain positive and do what you can to better yourself. Looking after you body will lower your risk of injury, and make the physical demanding work  less strenuous on your back especially if you work on increasing muscle tone. Paramedics often suffer from back problems therefore it is recommended to start an exercise routine to strengthen your back, you don't have to start big- a start is a start! By remaining fit and looking after yourself you are doing your bit in improving the safety of yourself in all fields of your life.

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How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Shift Work - Huffington Post

How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Shift Work - Huffington Post | Health and OHS tips for Paramedics and Shift Workers | Scoop.it
How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Shift Work Huffington Post This is certainly bad news for the many police officers, firefighters, medical personnel, convenience store clerks, third shift workers and others who work when the rest of us are...
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Paramedics will find themselves having to do shift work at some stage in their career if not for the majority of it. It just comes with the job that I am passionate about and love. There are ways to manage its effects though. It is important to keep positive and to make sure you do not dread your work because of the hours you must do. Remain positive and implement strategies to decrease the negative influences it may have on your lifestyle.

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How An Unhealthy Diet Makes Shift Work Even Riskier

How An Unhealthy Diet Makes Shift Work Even Riskier | Health and OHS tips for Paramedics and Shift Workers | Scoop.it
By Sophie Bushwick(Click here for the original article and podcast) For shift workers, odd hours usually mean strange sleeping habits and unhealthy meals.

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It is important that shift-workers maintain a healthy diet. Unhealthy meals can cause health problems as well as making the paramedic/ shift worker feel lethargic and low on energy. Shift-workers have unusual sleeping habits but must try and  remain fit and healthy. Eating well can improve how you feel as well as uplifting your mood. 

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Healthy Tips for Night Shift Workers - U.S. News & World Report

Healthy Tips for Night Shift Workers - U.S. News & World Report | Health and OHS tips for Paramedics and Shift Workers | Scoop.it
Healthy Tips for Night Shift Workers
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It's common that shift workers simply don't get enough quality sleep.
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It is important to reach a healthy balance in life. Doing shift work can really take its toll. One should try and remain fit and healthy to prevent injury from easily occurring. Fitness helps with stress, anxiety and depression. Therefore, all shift workers must put in that extra effort to maintain their bodies and remain healthy 

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Nine Network - Paramedics training

Flinders University's paramedic students put through their paces with simulated accidents.
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Paramedic students have been doing extensive scenarios to improve their skills and provide a realistic learning experience. This video is worth a watch and demonstrates the extensive training student paramedics receive before going on road to treat people. It is important to try and remain calm in real-life situations. By doing extensive scenarios and well-prepared scenarios it decreases the anxiety people have when they go out on-road. If paramedics are less anxious and stressed they can make clearer decisions which will increase the safety and well-being of patients, co-workers and themselves. 

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Behind in the scenes with the Motorcycle paramedics

The ambulance service of NSW has motorcycle paramedics working in the CBD. A Current Affair was given access to the day in the life of Simon Bedwell, an Inte...
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Paramedics take to the bikes in NSW. They are able to get on scene quicker than ambulances, especially in accidents which cause traffic backups and hence delay the time of the ambulance to get onto scene. Bikes are able to access places which others can't. Can provide quicker emergency care. Well worth a watch and consideration. These bikes enable a higher level of care to patients however they cause a higher risk of injury to paramedics.  Precautions must be taken and the paramedics must be very well trained to ride on those bikes. Very interesting watch and I found it pretty cool!

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What is OHS?

Taken from http://www.westone.wa.gov.au/toolboxes/water/toolbox_11_04/uoc3/html/p1ohs.htm Uploaded here for educational purposes only.
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It is important to be safe in the workplace. This is a great learning tool to understand what OHS is and what prevention's can be taken to make the workplace safer. There are different roles and ways a person can go about a hazard. This video simply explains the basics of OHS and how to report a hazard as well as steps to take. It is of great importance to ensure your workplace is a safe one. I found it informative and a good short clip to understand the fundamentals of OHS.

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Inge Bothma's curator insight, March 14, 2014 2:57 AM

OHS is important for everyone. We all want to go home at the end of the day healthy and unharmed. OHS  is safety in the workplace, which there are laws to reinforce the well being of employees and employers.  These rules and regulations are in place to prevent hazards from occurring. If an accident does occur certain follow up exercise, may it be training or re-evaluation of certain procedures are done to keep similar accidents from occurring. 

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Healthy Tips For Night Shift Workers

Healthy Tips For Night Shift Workers | Health and OHS tips for Paramedics and Shift Workers | Scoop.it
Here are healthy tips for night shift workers which can help them stay active and work avoid problems.

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This article contains healthy tips that all shift-workers should at least briefly skim over and consider. The following points i feel will be helpful when working and include: no snacking while work stick to a meal pattern, sleep when you need to not when you "should" , retain a healthy posture, don't drink energy drinks unless it is really necessary, have a tea or coffee instead. These tips will help me when I am doing shift-work. Keep them in mid when you are working to maintain better health and hence a more positive attitude :)

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Emma Humphries's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:42 AM

Being overtired can lead to poor decision making. Poor decision making impacts both ourselves as paramedics and the safety of our patients. It's important to maintain a healthy work life balance and to take care of yourself wherever possible. 

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Helpful Devices To Sleep For Shift Workers

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Know about the devices to sleep for shift workers. Shift work is intended to make use of all 24 hours of clock every day of the week including night shifts as well as work schedules in which workers rotate shifts.

Via sleepwellblog
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If nothing seems to be working when you have that limited period to gain some sleep. Maybe it is worth investigating in a device that will assist you in that matter and hence make you feel more revived for your next shift. Fatigue is one of the main causes of accidents and also can play a large role in many workplace incidents. Therefore to maintain a safe environment for yourself and colleagues it is important to revive yourself. 

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Shift Work Sleep Disorder

Studies have shown that shift workers are far more likely to suffer from excessive tiredness, fatigue and have accidents due to a lack of sleep. Shift Work Sleep Disorder (SWSD) is a recognised sleep condition, where the sufferer has difficulty sleeping due to rotating shifts or night work.


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Before resolving the problem one must admit that they must take extra precaution and care if they are a shift worker. Shift workers are proven to be more fatigued and tired due to their working hours. Therefore care must be taken when driving from location to location. Paramedics must drive throughout their shifts and therefore extra precaution must be taken with fatigue and while they are on the roads at tiresome times. 

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