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Injured Paramedic Calls for Better Communication With Police In Bid To Reduce Assaults

Injured paramedic, Pete Bollas, asks for Police to share data with Ambulance Victoria.
Injured paramedic, Pete Bollas, asks for Police to share data with Ambulance Victoria.
An Ambulance Victoria employee who was assaulted on the job says a lack of communication with police is to blame, as data shows more than 300 paramedics were attacked in the past year. Continue reading Injured Paramedic Calls for Better Communication With Police In Bid To Reduce Assaults

WA Labor Calls For Prison Officers And Paramedics To Receive The Same Protection As Police

West Australian prison officers bitten or spat at would receive the same protection as police officers under a new state Labor policy.

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said prisoners who lash out at guards should take a mandatory blood test so victims don’t spend months waiting to find out if they’ve contracted a disease.

Announcing the plan at the WA Prison Officers Union Conference on Thursday, Mr McGowan said new laws would also include paramedic staff and other at-risk medical professionals.

“This is a question of fairness,” he said.

“There is no reason prison officers should not be afforded the same protection as police officers, when they face similar risks on a daily basis.”

Source: www.themercury.com.au

Ontario Paramedics Protest For Better PTSD Support

Southwestern Ontario paramedics are rallying together to call for greater resources for colleagues dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than 40 unionized paramedics from Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent protested outside the County of Lambton administration building in Wyoming Wednesday to raise awareness about the province-wide hot-button topic.

“On a day-to-day basis, paramedics are exposed to a lot of different incidents,” local union steward Chris Stolte said Wednesday. “You may go from a home childbirth to an hour later going to someone who has passed away at home and having to tell the patient’s wife of 50 years, ‘I’m sorry, but there’s nothing we can do for that individual.’

“You go from one extreme to another extreme,” he said. “It does take its toll on everybody.”

About 22 per cent of paramedics will be affected by PTSD during the course of their careers, according to statistics provided by SEIU Healthcare, the union representing Sarnia-Lambton and Chatham-Kent EMS workers.

Read more in The Observer.

Source: www.theobserver.ca

Ombudsman Investigates Toronto Paramedics’ Handling Of PTSD

The city’s ombudsman is investigating how Toronto Paramedic Services deals with employees with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fiona Crean said she decided to launch the investigation after receiving around a dozen complaints from paramedics in the past few weeks about operational stress injuries.

The ombudsman’s office says stress injuries include “a range of persistent psychological problems triggered by on-the-job activities, including anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug dependency and PTSD.”

The ombudsman made the rare move of making her investigation public to urge paramedics and staffers to contact her office.

“PTSD really lives in the shadows and so I wanted to encourage paramedics to come forward and tell their stories and also to communicate to them our confidential process,” Crean said.

Read more in the Toronto Sun.

Source: www.torontosun.com

PTSD Rampant Among 9/11 Responders

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) workers who came to the rescue at the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, have some of the same chronic health problems that their colleagues in the police and fire departments do, a new study finds.

When tracked over 12 years following the attacks, EMS 9/11 responders were seven times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than EMS workers who didn’t work that day. Responders were also twice as likely to have depression, according to the study.

EMS responders had nearly four times the risk of acid reflux and sinus infections compared to those who weren’t at work on the day of the attack. And the risk of obstructive airway disease was more than doubled in EMS responders, the study found.

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