The first international survey of violence against ambulance workers has found that two thirds of the respondents had been physically attacked while on duty.
Paramedics from 13 countries took part in the survey arranged by CQUniversity Professor Brian Maguire.
Professor Maguire said that around nine out of ten perpetrators were patients.
“Most of the injuries were bruises and contusions but there were also reports of puncture wounds and fractures,” Professor Maguire said.
In previous research, the risk of serious injury among Australian paramedics was found to be more than seven times higher than the Australian national average and twice as high as the rate for Australian police officers.
The survey could help improve training programs, policies and procedures, to prevent injuries among ambulance workers and disaster response personnel around the world.
After working as a paramedic for 20 years in New York City, Professor Maguire focused his research on ways to reduce risks for paramedics internationally. He is one of eight paramedics in the world who are university professors.
Read CQUniversity’s original article here. Story credit: CQUniversity newsroom.
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