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Paramedics : OSH

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What does a paramedic do? What are some health and safety issues for paramedics? What are some preventive measures for a paramedic?

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Skye Krobath's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:44 AM

Here are some occupational health and safety issues that paramedics face everyday. Some may not seem big to everyone however if they were to occur they can cause serious dilemma for the service.  Its OHS that keeps us safe, and it only works if you are aware of your surroundings. If this wasn't enforced how may work related accidents would occur?

Mia McGeough's curator insight, March 10, 2014 6:35 PM

What an interesting read! This article provides brief dot points on what paramedics experience with regards to heatlh and safety issues, hazards and risks and also provides some preventative measures paramedics can take to avoid such things. Notably, assault by patients/bystanders is not on the list. However, included in the preventative measures section is a link to more information about working alone and working alone with patients. Working alone and alone with patients does present unique hazards and challenges and it is here the author mentions violence as being a risk. Significantly, the article also lists extreme psychological stress and trauma as health and safety issues and suggests paramedics learn about stress and post traumatic stress and consider debriefing sessions and counselling after attending critical/traumatic events. There are others listed as well, including exposure to contagious diseases, awkward postures, repetition, force/over-exertion, extreme temperatures, slips, trips and falls. All of which preventative measures are provided.

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Paramedics' perceptions of risk and willingness to work during disasters

Smith, Morgans, Qureshi, Archer and Burkle Jr 2009, 'Paramedics' perceptions of risk and willingness to work during disasters',

 

The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol.24, no.3.


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Emma Townsend's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:08 PM

In this study Paramedics reveal during 'conventional' disasters they feel it is their job and responsibility to be on board and identifies key concerns for Paramedic's working during 'non - conventional' disasters

According to Smith et al. (2009), the service should expect a reduction in participation during non- conventional disasters.

The primary concern for the paramedic is:

- Mistrust of Ambulance service management to relay accurate information

- Difficulty finding a balance between safety and duty of care

- Risk to their own health and taking illness home to their family.

- More training is needed

In my opinion, it is important for management to be trustworthy, this has to stem from miss information in the past and will also allow paramedics to make an informed decision for what is in their best interest and their families. There needs to be more training and equipment in order to improve understanding and differentiation between safety and duty of care during non- conventional disasters.

 

 

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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 Quest - Investigating accidents | 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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NTSB Finds Undetected Corrosion in Sissonville Pipeline Failure -- Occupational Health & Safety

NTSB Finds Undetected Corrosion in Sissonville Pipeline Failure -- Occupational Health & Safety | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
The probable causes of the natural gas pipeline rupture Dec. 11, 2012, were external corrosion of the pipe wall and failure to detect that corrosion because the pipeline was not inspected or tested after 1988, according to the agency's report.
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No inspection of the pipeline since 1988?????? No improvements were made as they became available ie - shut off valves. Due to the location they are excempt from integrity management regulation. Why?? because of the location? But surely the pipe would deteriate the same regardless of location.

Lots of procedural issues here. Several alerts received and still too much time passed before action was taken :(

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One Person Taken to the Hospital After Two Accidents on Highway 191 in Midland County

One Person Taken to the Hospital After Two Accidents on Highway 191 in Midland County | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
One person was taken to the hospital following two accidents in Midland County. The accident happened just after 5:30 p.m. on Highway 191, just east of North County Road 1275.
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Another incident causing an accident, causing an accident. There seems to be a few accidents caused or as a result of other accidents. There is never one reason, one person or one action that causes a result. Due to the backup caused by the traffic stop there could have been several 'reasons' that further accidents occured. Change in traffic conditions, frustrations and/or attention being averted. I love that there are never going to be two incidents the same.

Variety is the spice of life !!

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Fly Nepal, If You Dare

Fly Nepal, If You Dare | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
For a country whose biggest industry and largest source of foreign revenue is tourism, Nepal's record for aviation safety is shocking.
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Perhaps regulations and procedures to ensure safety should start with basic maintenance. Easy to 'blame the dead crew'.......way to put it down to human error.

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Funny Office Safety Training Retro Video! Hilarious!! 'You and Office Safety' - Safetycare free prev - YouTube

You and Office Safety! is the most hilarious video on Office Safety you will watch! Made in the 1950s, this film is perfect as an eye-catching ice-breaker wh...
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HILARIOUS!!! Definate parallels!

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Chesapeake Bay Bridge crash: Woman swims to safety in Maryland after car plunges into water below - YouTube

A woman has survived after the car she was driving plunged off a bridge into the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The 22-year-old managed to escape her sinking ca...
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Not so safety safety barrier.

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NEW INFORMATION: Film crew knew train tracks were active

NEW INFORMATION: Film crew knew train tracks were active | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency Director says two people are injured and one person is dead after an accident involving a train near Doctor's Town Road.
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Opening sentence - 'had a discussion about safety'. It seems they may not have had permission to film, been previously denied permission and the track was an active train line. Where do you draw the line for ensuring the safety of those who work for you? Hmmm perhaps a detailed risk assessment.

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JUTC boosts accident investigation capacity :: News

JUTC boosts accident investigation capacity :: News | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company says it has set up an Accident Investigations Department as part of efforts to streamline the processes and procedures employed in crashes involving its buses.
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This bus company has created a department to specifically coordinate investigations of their buses as well as make changes to prevent them happening again.

Seems like the continuing trend will create lots of jobs for myself and all my Accident Forensics buddies.

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Paramedic assaulted in CBD attack

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A SENIOR paramedic has revealed an alarming trend which, he says, is increasing in the Port Macquarie region.

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Elizabeth Ellis's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:49 PM

Drug and Alcohol fuelled violence on the rise. To attack those who mean no harm, whether under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not acceptable. A zero tolerance stance should be employed to protect all members of the community especially those on the front line in our emergency services.

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Paramedics, EMTs Charge EMS Head With Reckless Decision Making During Sandy - CBS New York

Paramedics, EMTs Charge EMS Head With Reckless Decision Making During Sandy - CBS New York | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
New York City medics say their safety was jeopardized during Superstorm Sandy and the head of Emergency Medical Services has got to go

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Emma Townsend's curator insight, March 12, 2014 7:41 PM

Good example to show the lack of communication and poor decision making from those in charge to paramedics and the public in disaster situations.

 

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Agency Detail

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An oldie but a goodie.

The variety of possibilities for different OHS issues is shown through the events that occurred after the derailment of the train. Although there were several issues with the the lack of upkeep and inspections of the track as well as the rail cars, more lives were lost after the derilment due to the bridge not being able to remain standing on one trestle. Previous derailments, at the same spot, had not significantly damaged th trestles, therefore the bridge had not previously collapsed.

It's kind of thrilling to try and think of all the possible outcomes or events that may occur in order to maintain the safety of workers.

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Fourteen-Year Prison Sentence Handed Down in Laser Pointing Case -- Occupational Health & Safety

Fourteen-Year Prison Sentence Handed Down in Laser Pointing Case -- Occupational Health & Safety | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
The defendant, Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, Calif., was convicted of aiming a laser pointer at a Fresno police helicopter in 2012.
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An OHS issue that probably would never have crossed my mind until I spotted this article. Pointing a laser at a low flying emergency transport helicopter (and then again at the helicopter investigating that incident). OHS is not limited to the immediate environment or people in the immediate area. This shows that there are always sooooo many variables.

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Incident reports show dozens of ATF firearms lost, misplaced or stolen

Incident reports show dozens of ATF firearms lost, misplaced or stolen | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
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Guns are one of those occupational hazards high on the risk management tree, however if those placed in charge of those weapons are the ones 'losing' them, that leads to a whole new hazard if they fall into the wrong hands.

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Operators must now walk East Boston drawbridge before raising it - The Boston Globe

Operators must now walk East Boston drawbridge before raising it - The Boston Globe | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
Operators of manning the Meridian Street Bridge, the scene of a grisly Dec. 31 accident in which an East Boston woman crossing the stretch was killed while it opened, are now required to physically walk the bridge to ensure it is free of pedestrians. The new policy, posted on the bridge house along the two-block span over the Chelsea River, is one additional step in a 20-point process that includes activating a warning horn and traffic lights and conducting visual checks for vehicles and pedestrians. The new procedure was put into action on Jan. 9, three days after Mayor Martin J. Walsh took office and 10 days a little more than a week after Aura Garcia, a 46-year-old mother of two, was killed.
Simone Finnerty's insight:

There can never be enough improvements and changes to ensure the safety of workers as well as the general public. This is a great example of procedural change to ensure safety.

Although it has only been introduced for one bridge. Do you think that it should be introduced for all bridges that pose the same risk factors?

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Asiana Boeing 777 crash puts air safety innovations to the test

Asiana Boeing 777 crash puts air safety innovations to the test | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
The crash of Asiana Flight 214 claimed three lives out of a total of 307 people on board, a remarkable survival rate that experts say was due to improved seats and newer fire-resistant materials required in modern aircraft.
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A great example of improved safety measures preventing a greater loss of lives.

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ECRI Institute Shows How Medical Device Accident Investigations Can Save Lives

ECRI Institute Shows How Medical Device Accident Investigations Can Save Lives | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
ECRI Institute, a nonprofit organization that researches the best approaches to improving patient care, will present “Medical Device Accident Investigation – Getting it Right Can Save Lives,” a live web conference on Feb. 20, 2013, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET. Medical device accidents are among the most serious adverse events in healthcare. Examples include patient deaths from alarm fatigue or mismanagement, infusion pump overdoses, surgical fires, defibrillator failures, and overexposure from CT scans.
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Another line of Accident Investigation, I hadn't thought of medical device malfunctions.....

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FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | Human error cause of contaminated water leak at Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA UPDATE | Human error cause of contaminated water leak at Fukushima | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
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Example of a procedural break down. Workers shut off an alarm (assuming it was faulty) 9 hours before a radioactive leak was discovered.

It was admitted that workers ignored alarms.

It also says that a previous leak had occured which is why they installed the water-level indicator alarms - WHICH THE WORKERS IGNORED!

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Highway 101 Shut Downs for Accident Investigation

Highway 101 Shut Downs for Accident Investigation | OHS Quest - Investigating accidents | Scoop.it
Northbound freeway near Santa Barbara closes while investigators probe accident that sent 4 to hospital
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This article is a great representation of how 1 trafiic incident can create a knock on effect. There were 4 separate collisions whilst the original original single-car accident was being investigated. The original driver was unlicenced and susspected of drink driving.

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