Proposals in NSW to force someone who spits at or bites a frontline worker to be tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses are a real problem - for workers and the public.
Ambulance staff are often the first to attend the site of many difficult scenes.
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Our study found many ambulance staff felt ill-equipped to respond to these calls.
Cardiac arrest can occur with little or no warning in people who were previously healthy, including young people.
Immediate CPR and defibrillation can be key to surviving a cardiac arrest. A smartphone app is mobilising community responders who can help before emergency services arrive.
Specially trained hospital security guards are only part of the solution to making health-care workers and their patients feel safe.
Security guards won't protect paramedics and community nurses from violent patients. And in hospital, some security guards can unwittingly escalate violence, unless they're specially trained.
With attacks on paramedics on the rise, the public needs to be educated about the consequences of such senseless crimes.
Paramedics have higher rates of mental health problems than other emergency services workers.
Paramedics face traumatic situations every day. They need policies to ensure support is provided in the immediate aftermath of trauma, and early access to mental health care.
After two terror attacks the prior week, police patrolled the Westminster Bridge on election day 2017 in London.
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Given the persistent risk of terrorist attacks and large-scale accidents, it's more critical than ever for EMTs, police, firefighters and others to learn from the past.