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What Unusual Hazards Does Being a Paramedic Present?

What Unusual Hazards Does Being a Paramedic Present? | The future (OHS) | Scoop.it
Paramedics face danger every time they're called to an emergency. Close contact with blood and bodily fluids leaves paramedics vulnerable to contracting infectious diseases. Working in all types of ...
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Heibutzki, R ND, Chron, 'What unusual hazards does being a paramedic present?', viewed 11 March 2014, http://work.chron.com/unusual-hazards-being-paramedic-present-13035.html.

 

This article covers potential hazards that can cause harm to paramedics in the line of duty. These hazards that are coovered are assaults, back injuries, blood-borne pathogens hearing loss and psychlogical stresses. It was quite helpful in assessing the danger of the career that i wish to enter. It is also helpful in giving insight to hazards so that ways to avoid them can be found.

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

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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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Sandy, A, 2013 'Patient dies after overworked paramedics opt for a shift change, delaying treatment', Couriermail, 2 January, viewed 11 March 2013, http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/patient-dies-after-overworked-paramedics-opt-for-a-shift-change-delaying-treatment/story-e6freoof-1226546324933.

 

This story highlights the fact that OHS is important for the safety of both the workers and the patients that are being treated. This article talks about how a patient dies in the back of an ambulance as paramedics attempt a "hot" change over of shift as they have been over worked and cannot get the patient to a hospital. It is also reported in the article that the patient would still most likely have died if the patient was taken to a hospital but it still show a lack respect to the patient.

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99FS-14.pdf

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This scoop is very informative and goes into great depths about injuries that have occurred to paramedics. It also goes on the find ways to counter act these injuries and make a safer work place for paramedics. It is good to know that there are industries out there whom have the soul purpose of making our industry safer for us, even if it is monetarily inspired rather than caring from the goodness of their heart. The fact that is it monetarily motivated shows that OHS is important to the success of all businesses. 

 

Workers Compensation Board, 1999, 'Evaluation of paramedics tasks and equipment to control the risk of musculoskeletal injury, Ambulance Paramedics of British Columbia', viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.worksafebc.com/about_us/history/historical_reports/finding_solutions/assets/pdf/99FS-14.pdf

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Travel Checklist

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VIVPS provide a range of programs for volunteers in Vietnam
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Vietnam International Volunteer Placement Service, ND.  'Travel Checklist', viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.vietnamvolunteer.org/general-information/travel-checklist.html. ;

 

In the next five years in my future I would like to travel and volunteer for a placement service in a country less fortunate than our own. Although this site does not seem to be forthcoming with risks that may be involved with traveling to Vietnam, a few risks can be figured out by checking the packing list. The fact that listed on the needed items are malaria medication and diarrhea medication, contracting diseases must be of a higher than normal probability in Vietnam.

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AJEM_24-3_Paramedics'perceptions.pdf

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Smith, Morgans, Qureshi, Archer & Buckle Jr, 2009, 'Paramedics perceptions of risk and willingness to work during disasters', The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 21-27.

 

Once I become a fully fledged and working paramedic it will also be expected of me to "play my role" with in emergency responses to natural and man made disasters. This article is evaluating the perceived risks as seen from a paramedics' point of view. I found this article insightful as it will help me to consider the things that are important to me and the risks that my profession may bring to them and be able to weigh them up. I personally like to think that I would go into the circumstances as long as it is deemed safe and appropriate PPE was available and utilised.  

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AdventureOHS's curator insight, May 18, 2014 8:04 AM

Wow.... really? Not helping someone due to your selfishness! 

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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
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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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Sharon Mcdonald's curator insight, March 5, 2014 12:57 AM

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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Ambulance staff say assaults of paramedics are on the rise

Ambulance staff say assaults of paramedics are on the rise | The future (OHS) | Scoop.it
Paramedics say violence towards staff is becoming more common
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ABC News, 'Paramedics call for an end to assaults', viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-02-24/paramedics-call-for-an-end-to-assaults/5280960.

 

This article highlights the fact that even though as a paramedic, we are going in to help patients, this help may not be greeted with open arms and in fact may be met with violence. I don't believe that all assaults are a result from disrespect to paramedics as the articles tries to portray, but it may also be from patients that have impaired cognitive abilities such as head injury and drugs. Having said this it is still important to be aware of the threat and keep yourself safe in this line of work.

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Cowley, S & Legget, S 2010, 'Manual handling risks associated with the transportation of bariatric patients in Australia', Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 1-9. 

 

With the growing problem of obesity within the western world, including Australia, there is becoming a greater risk of injury during manual handling of patients in the healthcare system, especially within paramedic practice. This is due to lack of appropriate equipment to deal with the obese, a lack of time to set up specialty equipment in emergency situations and a lack of communication to emergency operators about the weight of a patient. These obese patients are also more likely to need assistance of paramedics due to the health risks that obesity exposes the patient too. Although this article does not give ways around this problem at least it is showing that the need for specialised equipment is being investigated and addressed.

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Emergency Operations - Ambulance Service of NSW

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NSW Government, Health, Ambulance Service of NSW, ND, Emergency Operations, viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.ambulance.nsw.gov.au/about-us/Emergency-Operations.html.

 

In the future if it is available to me, I would like to try specialising in an emergency rescue field. Preferably helicopter or vertical rescue. This site allows me to see what kind of specialised emergency operations are out there. From reading the site and the kind of situations that the teams go into, potential risks can also be extrapolated. 

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Paramedics : OSH Answers

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CWhat 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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Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 2012, 'Paramedics', viewed 11 March 2014, http://www.ccohs.ca/oshanswers/occup_workplace/paramedic.html.

 

When thinking of my future, I hope to take the time to travel and perform my career of choice in many different settings, inlcluding some time spent in Canada. This site shows what is expected of paramedics in Canada and also the health and safety concerns posed within this field. 

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