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Managing Risk in Ambulance Practice

It will then develop a set of guidelines for applying the AS/NZS ISO 31000 Risk Management Standards to ambulance practice in order to equip paramedics with a greater understanding and application of risk management practices.
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Paramedic and Risk go hand in hand. Paramedics work in unpredictable and ever changing environments every day in their work. Managing Risks in the Paramedics field needs serious planning, assessment and consideration. This written piece well defines the exact reasons why OH&S training and safety is essential.

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Estimated 3800 deaths by suicide could be work-related - SafetyCulture

Estimated 3800 deaths by suicide could be work-related - SafetyCulture | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
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Estimated 3800 deaths by suicide could be work-related
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More than 3000 people who committed suicide in Australia over the decade to 2011 may have been caused by work-related issues.
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OH&S Broadcast Alarming Statistics that Workplace Health and Safety has been considered to have an influence on some suicides that occur. WHO recognises that stresses within the workplace contribute to poor mental health wellbeing. Certainly a VERY GOOD reason as to why .OH&S is so vital to maintain and promote in every workplace.

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Workplace Health and Safety in Australia

Workplace Health and Safety obligations have changed. Watch this short video to see how you could be impacted and the systems that are necessary to proactive...
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Amazing to actually see the figures that relate to work place injuries. 127,300 in juries which included 220 deaths in workplaces in 2010-2011 costing Australia $60.6 billion. This is a good wake up call and insight into why we need programs developed such as "fieldteq" which make workplaces devise strategies and conduct risk analysis within their businesses to minimise these preventable injuries!!

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Man died after paramedics lost keys to ambulance

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An elderly man died after the paramedics who had arrived to collect him lost the keys to their ambulance, an NHS report has revealed.

Via Steven Preece
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Think of this is a valuable lessen for any up and coming Paramedics and the need to be careful of the smaller things and not just the bigger picture of being at an Emergency situation....its definately not ok to lose the keys to the Ambulance!!

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Off-Duty Paramedic Saves a Life - COLONIE EMS

Off-Duty Paramedic Saves a Life - COLONIE EMS | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
COLONIE, New York — Off duty Paramedic and Town of Colonie EMS Department Assistant Chief Paul Fink was out to dinner with his wife at a local restaurant when another diner experienced a medical emergency, and ...
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Very interesting and very true that sometimes  a Paramedics job is never done. The clinical skills that Paramedics learn can not only be valuable in savings lives whilst on the job but they can also be valuable in saving the lives of persons whilst off Duty. In this case the gentleman was very lucky that when he began to choke on a piece of steak he was eating in a restaurant that there was a Paramedic enjoying his meal in the same area. The Paramedic 'off duty' managed to act and render his assistance which saved the gentleman's life. Well done to the Paramedics Life Saving Skills!!

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Gallipoli and the Anzacs | The Anzac landing at Gallipoli

Gallipoli and the Anzacs | The Anzac landing at Gallipoli | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
A major award-winning educational site containing text, documents, graphics, timelines, video and audio about Australians in the 1915 World War 1 Anzac landing and campaign
on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

Via Cairistiona Tait
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In 1915 Australian Soldiers landed in Gallipoli, marking the 'First World War'. A sorrowful tragedy for Australians to look back on and in 2015 we mark the 100 year anniversary. Literature reflects on the timelines of the Australians at war, the landing at Gallipoli...were they in the right place?, the Courageous and Brave stories the Veterans share to help us understand just exactly how terrible a time they endured.  Stories are also shared by some of the Nurses who reflect on their roles and duties of caring for our sick and injured Veterans and who of many would never return to our Australian Soil. Lest we Never Forget!!

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katana Robertson's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:51 AM

Please answer the following questions:

1. How did Australia's time in Gallipoli affect it's cultural development?

 

2. Why is Gallipoli so important to Australia?

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Victoria emerges as the safest state in Australia for young workers - Travelandtourworld.com

Victoria emerges as the safest state in Australia for young workers - Travelandtourworld.com | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
When comparing the work health and safety schemes of each state and territory, Victoria emerged as the safest state in Australia for young workers.

Via Travel and Tour World
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Victoria takes out the title for 2013 as being the safest state for young workers in Australia. Thought to be due to their  'safest and most effective' workplace strategies!!

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Keep Yourself Safe

A music video showing the potential hazards EMS professionals face on a day to day basis. It emphasizes the importance of safety while working under these da...
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Paramedics..."SAFETY FIRST"!! A catchy clip which demonstrates the many dangers which Paramedics will face in their every day work. An important emphasis drawn to remind Paramedics of the Importance of using their PPE for every job that they attend.

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Paramedics, Resident Hospitalized After Inhaling Pesticide

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Two paramedics and a patient have been hospitalized after inhaling a large amount of pesticide at an Anacostia apartment complex.

Via Va. Assoc. of Hazmat Response Specialists
Sharon Mcdonald's insight:

Here is an interesting message which relates to the Paramedic Field with relevance to  OH&S Concerns. These Paramedics entered a building to help a man who inhaled some pesticides only to find themselves hospitalised from inhaling the very same pesticide that was in the building. A good example to make you think about the kind of emergencies that paramedics attend and the real need to clarify the "D" for danger and consider OH&S responsibilities.

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Shona Richardson's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:00 AM

Mimica, M 2014, 'Paramedics, residents hospitalised after inhaling pesticide', NBC Washington, 15 January, viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Large-Amount-of-Pesticide-Hospitalizes-Paramedics-Residents-240378141.html.

 

This article talks about a paramedic crew that attends a call and walks into a situation where they inhale harmful pesticides. As a result the paramedics become ill and have to be hospitalised. This article is a good example of unseen hazardous that can pose a risks into the chosen field that i wish to work in in my future.

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Paramedic refused to carry dying girl over safety fears - Telegraph

Paramedic refused to carry dying girl over safety fears - Telegraph | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
Shannon Powell, a paramedic, refused to carry a dying 14-year-old girl from a cross-country race course because of health and safety fears for herself, a coroner heard.

Via Rebecca Jones
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A good example where Occupational Health and Safety fears have caused Paramedics to make a non life saving decision. Paramedics feared that their own health and safety in this situation was at risk and led to them to make a decision not  to render assistance to the injured 14 year old girl. This caused a large amount of controversy and opened up to a whole heap of questions as to whether these Paramedics made the correct and justifiable decision.

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Rebecca Jones's curator insight, March 3, 2014 7:58 PM

Article 3.

Alike article 1, paramedics have a duty of care to themselves and others which begins with ensuring their own health and safety. This article is quite vague as it details the series of events only via a collection of frantic witness accounts. The article does not describe the cross country terrain well but it would seem once they had her on the stretcher, they were right to go slow and steady, rather than fast and frantic and risk further injury to the patient.. It is unclear at what point the paramedic was expected to carry the patient without the stretcher. In addition, it does not detail the size and weight of the paramedic or the patient, or if the paramedic had sustained a previous back injury. Again though, a paramedic should be protected by OHS in line with those of other industries. If her back were damaged in a workplace incident, one would hope this had been properly addressed and procedure to prevent such an injury occurring again updated. At the end of the day, this was a very unfortunate series of events that lead to the death of a little girl. At the end of the day though, no paramedic takes a high risk, high stress, comparatively low paid job because they don't want to help patients.  

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Retired paramedic looks forward to family time - Lexington Dispatch

Retired paramedic looks forward to family time - Lexington Dispatch | Paramedic Vigilant to OH&S at Work | Scoop.it
Retired paramedic looks forward to family time
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Andy Lyndon was about the age of his 22-year-old son, Wayne, when he became a paramedic for Davidson County Emergency Services. After 30 years on the job, Lyndon, 52, retired Feb.
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After 30 years of working as a Paramedic retiree Andy Lyndon shares his reflection of his life in the field. The attention brought to the long shifts, days and nights where he felt as though he completely missed out being a part of his own children growing up. A total inspiration to up and coming Paramedics is his lasting opinion shared where even though so much good and bad  occurs in this line of career, he emphasises that  being a Paramedic is such a "positive and rewarding experience." I find his story motivates me to where I want to be.

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