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Paramedic bitten by dog as he helped owner - expressandstar.com

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Paramedic bitten by dog as he helped owner
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Paramedic bitten by dog as he helped owner.
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Another occupational health and safety hazard in the work environment of paramedics that could have been avoided. When an emergency call is made, one of the requests made from the communications center is to restrain any animals on the property to ensure this type of incident doesn't occur. In the patients defense, he may have become progressively unwell after making the call and was unable to restrain the dog. Even so, if the right safety instructions were followed, this incident could have been avoided and the initial patient would have had a higher level of care given to him in a more appropriate timely manner.

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Ambulance company aims to reduce emergency room overcrowding - (multiple names)

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Ambulance company aims to reduce emergency room overcrowding
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She rides around the valley and visits homes where residents abuse the 911 system for an ambulance.
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This is such a great idea!! This would free up so much space in emergency departments, free up paramedic crews so they have a quicker response time for attending acute cases, and generally reduce the amount of fatigue experienced by prehospital and hospital emergency personnel. I also think it would help to ease the amount of "stagnant" behavior that is portrayed amongst this group of professionals, because they would feel less abused by repeated offenders.

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Jury acquits Little Canada man who videotaped deputy, ambulance ...

Jury acquits Little Canada man who videotaped deputy, ambulance ... | Here to help....but are we safe? OHS for Paramedics | Scoop.it
Jury acquits Little Canada man who videotaped deputy, ambulance crew. By Richard Chin rchin@pioneerpress.com. Posted: 02/27/2014 12:01:00 AM CST. Updated: 02/27/2014 09:35:17 PM CST. Andrew Henderson and his camera-- with ...
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Appalling.....how could anybody get joy out of filming an incident that appeared to be distressful for a patient and probably frustrating for paramedics and police officers?! I guess this is something that we need to be aware of when working in an emergency service...the eyes of the public are constantly on us and not always for a good reason. Being aware of your surrounding environment whilst working on a job is something to most certainly keep in line. The last thing you would want is your personal identity uploaded onto YouTube or something of the like!

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News Briefs: Paramedic involved in fatal crash back on job - Livingston Daily

News Briefs: Paramedic involved in fatal crash back on job
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... going to be extensive.
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Many sympathies towards the Paramedic involved in this incident. To see him/her return to work after such an ordeal is fantastic, as for some people an incident like this could ruin their professional career. Post traumatic stress levels in Paramedics are soaring (Fair Go, 2013), with the day to day jobs experienced by paramedics. Its a common thing to see a life lost, but when your directly involved in ending somebody's life, such as what happened in this case, it would be a horrible ordeal to live with. Hopefully this person can return to a normal life and work, and love their job just as much as before the incident.

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Yorkshire ambulance crews planning two more strikes - Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Yorkshire ambulance crews planning two more strikes - Bradford Telegraph and Argus | Here to help....but are we safe? OHS for Paramedics | Scoop.it
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Yorkshire ambulance crews planning two more strikes
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Yorkshire ambulance staff are preparing for two more strikes in a dispute over patient safety.
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"Is there a better way?" is the question that comes to mind after reading this article. Providing excellence in prehospital medical treatment is severely being affected here, and the community of Yorkshire could be severely impacted by the decision of these paramedics. On the other hand, fatigue is a major issue within any ambulance service (Courtney, 2010). The mentioned elongated shift patterns and limited protected meal breaks would be very hard to deal with in regards to effective fatigue management. In some regard, I also agree with this affecting the safety of the patients also. The issues raised by paramedics are all legitimate and fair points but I do feel that striking for the proposed periods is impacting upon patient care and after all, effective patient care is the main reason why one enters into the career of a paramedic.

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Ambulance accidents and crashes Compilation

How (NOT) to Let an Ambulance Pass in Traffic. Drivers must stop for ambulances. If there's an ambulance in traffic with its lights and siren activated, you ...
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So lets just say we should all listen, pay attention and understand our driver training properly before we get out on the roads behind the wheel. One should also hope that we learnt from our OH&S subjects and put the information retained into use. We are supposed to be attending to a critical patient, not becoming the critical patient or creating more critical patients! These clips just have health and safety issues written all over them.

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Design Ideas For Hospital Ambulance Bays - Healthcare Design

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Pontefract and Castleford Express Design Ideas For Hospital Ambulance Bays Healthcare Design Ambulance bays connect EMS personnel and their patients to the triage area of a hospital and should be fast, safe, and efficient at getting everyone in,...
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This is certainly a good read, as most of the time we rely on receiving hospitals to make our ambulance bays safe and efficient to transport patients inside. The statement "don't make them too versatile"is a good point, as this could then encourage others to use this area as storage space for in-hospital and cleaning equipment, which is something I have noted is becoming an increasing trend. Safety for staff, patients and the public is always important, so it will be great to see this design put to use.

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Mia McGeough's curator insight, March 10, 2014 7:28 PM

I think this is a very clever idea! It addresses something that is often overlooked as a hazardous environment. In my limited experience of hospital ambulance bays, I have always noticed something that I believe needs improving. And every hospital ambulance bay I have seen is different. It would be hugely beneficial to see some consistency across all state hospitals (obviously this isn't realistic and cannot occur everywhere because of various circumstances - but I can dream). I experienced a hospital ambulance bay having 3 ambulances, all of which need to be mopped out but only one mop and bucket was available. This holds up ambulances and increases response times. All of which could be avoided by implementing this new design! It is interesting to discover that one seemingly small issue can have a roll on effect that can impact upon the efficient delivery of emergency healthcare. The article mentions that the updated version of hospital ambulance bays also increases patient and paramedic safety by reducing the amount of obstacles. It also reiterates the notion that they are  “intermediate patient care areas” and should be treated as such, not as rubbish or storage areas.

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Paramedic conference teaches how to be ready at the right time - Sioux City Journal

Paramedic conference teaches how to be ready at the right time - Sioux City Journal | Here to help....but are we safe? OHS for Paramedics | Scoop.it
Paramedic conference teaches how to be ready at the right time Sioux City Journal "She was just laying there sleeping, and I was just scared," recalled Sudrla, as he sat on a bench beside a stretcher in the back of an ambulance parked in Siouxland...
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I think a refresher course of skills is a great way to make sure everybody is current in skills and patient care, and I also believe that it is effective tool in the management of workplace health and safety! If each and every one of us can be more aware of the way we work on a daily basis then I think its a great start to prevent injury, risks and hazards in the workplace.

 

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Different Ways to Improve Workplace Health and Safety Training ...

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Workplace health and safety is one of the most important things to maintain in your business. A company without healthy, fit and strong workers is a company working on only half its cylinders. Plus, statistics show that ...
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Absolutely....fit, healthy and strong employees are all really good ways to start the improvement of workplace health and safety! Particularly in the prehospital emergency setting, this is important due to the amount of manual handling of patients, equipment and some of the positions we find ourselves in. I believe this would result in less workplace injuries and compensation claims, and patients would benefit from this too.

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Neryssa Cooper - OHS and Accident Forensics's curator insight, March 9, 2014 7:45 PM

I believe that this would related to anyone that is working in a manual handling role. Ensuring that everyone is physically fit to fulfil the requirements of their job, without putting themselves in a situation where harm could come to them. 

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Keeping safe over the festive season- A message for our paramedics

A message from A/Chief Executive Mike Willis about the need for paramedics to be mindful of their safety over the busy festive season.

Via Lauren Swift
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I feel that it's great to see a powerful member of the NSW Ambulance Service stepping forward to highlight the increasing assault level on Paramedics during the festive season. Drug and alcohol abuse, particularly psycho-stimulants, are becoming more and more commonly seen and treated within the pre hospital emergency setting (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006). Agitation, aggression and violence (both verbal and physical) are quite common side affects displayed as a result of their ingestion (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006). Due to the fact that Paramedics are often responding to these patients in this type of environment, it isn't hard to understand why assaults on Paramedics can be common occurrences. Mr Willis is absolutely correct in stating that we should all look out for one another, because early detection of a hostile situation can be the best preventative in my opinion. If we can recognise the signs of risk and danger early, this may lower the amount of assaults. If the treating paramedic/s are injured, this then creates more patients and less effective health care for those in need. Lets hope that the tougher penalty on individuals being violent towards paramedics can also help to lower these incidences!

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Lauren Swift's curator insight, April 28, 2014 11:34 PM

This article explains the increase in violence towards paramedics and to each other, especially over the christmas season as there is usually more alcohol consumed in this festive season. And that violence can be physical and verbal.