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EFFECT OF WORK RELATED STRESS ON FIREFIGHTER/PARAMEDIC

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Stressors can be recognized and there are methods for helping to cope with them. It has been found that preparing the paramedic for the stressors that are in the environment can help to prevent stress. Stress is not just a condition felt when on the road or on a job, but can be seen in everyday life and effect paramedics interactions with family and friends.

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Frontline Fatigue - YouTube

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Fatigue is not just the need to go to sleep. It includes little signs that you are losing your concentration. Fatigue not only effects you whilst on duty but also impacts you on your hours and days off.

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Patient dies after overworked paramedics opt for a shift change, delaying treatment

Patient dies after overworked paramedics opt for a shift change, delaying treatment | OHS in the Rural Ambulance Environment | Scoop.it
A PATIENT has died after sick, tired and overworked paramedics opted to do a shift change instead of taking the patient straight to hospital.
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Being fatigued whilst on duty is not just endangering paramedics lives, but also threatens the patient's life and impacts the lives of the patient's family. All precautions must be taken at all times to prevent more cases such as this from occurring.

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Manual handling risks associated with th transportation of bariatric patients in Australia

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This article clearly indicates the lack of resources for paramedics dealing with bariatric patients, especially in rural areas. With a continued increase in the number of bariatric patients, it is only going to become more important that paramedics have access to this equipment. Once paramedics have access to these resources, training in its correct use will be vital to prevent new forms of injury from operating unfamiliar equipment in an incorrect way.

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A virtual plague could be coming to EMS

A virtual plague could be coming to EMS | OHS in the Rural Ambulance Environment | Scoop.it
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The importance of sustaining our individual health is vital in allowing us to continue to help maintain out patients health or help to restore their health. Basic physical activities can be used to maintain and/or build strength in core areas of the body as well good nutrition. By help ourselves we are better prepared to help others.

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Paramedics: Growing concern that stressful working conditions could be putting lives at risk » The Injured Workers Support Network

Paramedics: Growing concern that stressful working conditions could be putting lives at risk » The Injured Workers Support Network | OHS in the Rural Ambulance Environment | Scoop.it
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As well as physical fatigue, paramedics are faced daily with mental stressors. These stressors are pushing some paramedics to look for jobs that contain less stressors or are pushing some paramedics to look for relief in drugs and alcohol.

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Fit for duty

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This document outlines the process used by the South Australian Ambulance Service used to measure the level of fatigue for paramedics before beginning a shift. The amount of sleep is not the only indicator for fatigue, but also involves the level of sleep. Along with sleep to combat fatigue, nutrition is also important.

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The exploration of physical fatigue, sleep an depression in paramedics: a pilot study

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Working as paramedic in a rural area, shift requirements include A & E shifts. These shifts are on call shifts and frequently involve broken sleep. This lack of solid sleep can not only lead to physical injuries due to lack of concentration, but also to psychological issues including depression.

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Joelene Gott's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:06 PM

This journal article discuss the issues of fatigue in paramedics.  They have conducted a research on 60 paramedics.

 

It refers to paramedicine as a unique part of emergency services and that paramedics are prehospital responders and are often faced with heavy workloads that are both demanding and tiring not only physically but mentally and emotionally.

 

Paramedics are also often fatigued and occur sleep disturbances on a regular basis.  The article describes how this can compromise the paramedics effectiveness and therefor not only endanger the patient but can be harmful/damaging to the paramedics health and well being.

 

John could help avoid this is as best he can by making sure that he attempts to get as much sleep as possible before he works a night shift and that he has a healthy life style.  For example eating healthy and exercising regularly.  He needs to make sure he has a balance been work and home life so as he doesn't burn himself out very quickly.

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Paramedics sue over injuries

Paramedics sue over injuries | OHS in the Rural Ambulance Environment | Scoop.it
THE Queensland Ambulance Service is facing personal injury and bullying claims from paramedics who have accused it of unsafe work practices.
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Injuries sustained by paramedics are not just caused by the environment within which they work or patients or poor handling of patients, they can also be caused by the actions of our own peers and colleagues. It also reiterates the need to follow manufactures protocols of use. 

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Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland

Health and Safety information - Workplace Health and Safety Queensland | OHS in the Rural Ambulance Environment | Scoop.it
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As many patients that are seen by paramedics require some form of manual handling, the risk for sustaining an injury on the job increases. The greatest area for these injuries is the lower back.

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