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Improving Quality of Care for Bariatric Patientshttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Improving-Quality-of-Care-for-Bariatric-Patients.aspxImproving Quality of Care for Bariatric Patients With more and more bariatric patients entering the healthcare system, it is becoming increasingly vital to apply special considerations to ensure these patients receive the treatment they need in a safe environment. Fundamental issues such as the mobilisation and transport of patients can be difficult when dealing with this class of patient. Without adequately and intelligently addressing these issues, both bariatric patients and healthcare professionals increase their risk of injury and harm. The call for bariatric facilities in ambulances Ambulance services have been designed with ambulant people in mind. As such, the transportation of patients who don't fall into this category can prove complex and challenging. According to the Australian Safety and Compensation Council, ambulance representatives have reported that vehicle capacities are limited, standard stretchers do not always provide the necessary support for severely obese patients, and sudden deceleration of the vehicle may cause problems due to the patient exceeding the capacity of the restraints. Furthermore, upon arrival at the hospital, issues such as sloped or ridged ambulance bays may impede trolley movement. Past solutions and current dilemmas providing dedicated bariatric vehicles Paramedics have cited the difficulty of transporting and treating bariatric patients as one of the key pain points of the role. In response, some Australian states including South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria have introduced dedicated bariatric vehicles to their ambulance fleets. However, the cost of providing and operating these specialise vehicles can be prohibitive in some areas. Bariatric ambulances are limited to major city centres only, which means that incidents that occur in remote locations require planned transport solutions. This places bariatric patients at greater risk in the case of an emergency, where even air transportation is limited by load capacity. Other services have invested in specialised equipment for transporting bariatric patients, including air jacks, patient slides and powered stretchers. While this sounds promising, such equipment often requires a power source to operate — something that isn't always available at the point of patient collection. Furthermore, if the patient is collected from his or her home, restricted space can prevent the use of the equipment. Training and educating staff in providing healthcare for bariatric patients The treatment of bariatric patients differs significantly from that of your standard patient. Healthcare professionals should be aware that if a patient's weight might exceed 170kg, it is necessary to dispatch a second ambulance crew to the call location. Utmost respect must also be given to the patient's dignity; in some cases, fire services are called to assist with patient movement, however this is not recommended as it can attract unwanted attention and put the patient's dignity at risk. Attempts have been made by state governments to improve the training of staff in the use of bariatric equipment, but little progress has followed the lack of available equipment means that experience remains limited. The healthcare industry continues to battle with barriers to adequately care for bariatric patients, but at least the issue is being acknowledged and new solutions worked on. ​ Case Studies & Insights2018-01-17T13:00:00ZFalse
First Aid Advice for Childrenhttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/First-Aid-Advice-for-Children.aspxFirst Aid Advice for Children First aid is vitally important knowledge to have. In many situations, it can save an adults life and make sure they are taken care of when they are most vulnerable. Caring for children who have suffered a medical problem is no different in its aim but the way you approach the situation may be different. Children need special care in certain situations and may require even more acute care due to their size and stature. By understating basic first aid advice and applying these principles to children you can ensure that should the worst happen you are prepared. General know how The best way to know how to administer first aid is by completing a standardised course with an instructor who can teach you the proper techniques and ways to deal with those suffering from a medical condition. Learning this information could be as serious as life and death so it is important to complete basic training to have a good base understanding of medical procedures. As always if it is a medical emergency involving a child it is always best to call 000 until help arrives. Till such time remember the acronym DRS ABCD which stands for Dangers? Responsive? Send for help Airway Breathing Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR Defibrillation By being trained in resuscitation you can best put these life support steps to use. This should be used if a child has stopped breathing, is unresponsive or has fallen unconscious. First aid kit advice One of the best ways of caring for children who require first aid is having an up to date medical kit. Children are prone to small injuries like cuts to their fingers and grazing their knee, all of which can be treated with an up to date first aid kit. Some materials that should be included in your kit include plastic strips, swabs and a thermal blanket scissors and tweezers antiseptic, bottles of saline eye irrigation solution bandages, dressing pads and tape Much of the difference when treating children comes down to the way you interact with them. Listen to what their pain or discomfort is and then attempt to remedy the problem with the appropriate solution. Taking into consideration their lower pain threshold and weaker frame is important to prevent further injury occurring. By taking these practical steps, you can help protect children who may need your care while also having the latest knowledge and equipment for any adults in need too. Training & Experience2018-01-15T13:00:00ZFalse
How to become a paramedic with no qualificationshttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/How-to-become-a-paramedic-with-no-qualifications.aspxHow to become a paramedic with no qualifications The occupation of a paramedic is one that attracts many people. It is commonly thought to be difficult to get in the Ambulance service, due to the grades required to enter a paramedicine course. However, there are many ways now to enter University with pathway options, which can allow those who did not sit a VCE or did not initially achieve the required marks to still get involved. What skills are involved with becoming a paramedic? Before entering the field of paramedicine, it is important to understand some of the attributes required to succeed in the profession. Having an empathetic nature and highly developed communications skills are a must as well as the ability to work in a team. This ability is incredibly important out in the field, as is working on a team in ensuring the highest level of care can be achieved. Another attribute that many may overlook is having a good level of fitness and health. In certain emergencies time may be of the essence, so the ability to respond quickly is vital to help achieve the best possible result in the situation. More broadly having personal attributes such as resilience, adaptability and being able to work well under pressure are all valuable in this profession. If a person possesses the above attributes and the formal qualifications necessary then they too can be a paramedic. Paramedic course requirements If you didn’t get into a paramedicine course after university or you have decided that being a paramedic is right for you then there are ways of entering the career path without having to complete VCE. To be eligible for Ambulance Victoria for example you must as a minimum be qualified with a Bachelor of Paramedic Science. These courses can be entered via pathways such a Diploma of Paramedical Science. This varies from state to state but paramedic qualifications typically require a Bachelor as a minimum. Is it right for you? The choice to become a paramedic or not is one you need to look inside yourself and find the answer too. If you possess the character traits that would suit this position and can complete a Bachelor then this career may be a perfect fit for you. Being a paramedic can be one of the most rewarding job choices you can possibly make but it isn’t for everyone. Take time and find out if it is for you and where a career as a paramedic could take you! Training & Experience2018-01-10T13:00:00ZFalse
The 5 Most Common (and Surprising) Summer Health Issueshttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/The-5-Most-Common-(and-Surprising)-Summer-Health-Issues.aspxThe 5 Most Common (and Surprising) Summer Health Issues Summer is here, and the attention of many is shifting to focus on the harmful UV rays that cause a number of serious health issues. While it’s great to be sun smart, there are numerous other surprising problems that affect our health and wellbeing. Here are five of the most common health issues that arise in summer, and they may surprise you. Food Poisoning Bacteria tends to multiply in warmer climates, and with summer comes many BBQs and Picnics. This means food left outside in the sweltering heat this can be the perfect condition for bacteria to thrive. Contaminated food can lead to food poisoning, which can cause serious nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. Food poisoning can sometimes lead to more serious issues, which in turn could lead to hospitalisation. Ensure that you keep pre-prepared food stored correctly in a cool and hygienic area. Hyperthermia The blanket term hyperthermia relates to any heat-related illness, from heat stroke to heat exhaustion. It refers to a number of conditions that occur as the body’s heat regulation system isn’t able to process the impacting heat of your environment. Those that are older in age can be more susceptible to hyperthermia, but it can also come on from other chronic medical conditions such as poor circulation, heart disease and obesity. Prevention can take place by avoiding the outdoors in the hottest parts of the day, through seeking colder conditions indoors, and by staying hydrated. Otitis Externa (Swimmer’s Ear) Commonly referred to as Swimmers Ear, Otitis Externa occurs when water gets stuck in the ear canal after swimming. This can lead to swelling, itchiness and discharge in acute cases but if left untreated for too long can cause serious infection and fever. Asthma Attacks In hotter climates, the air tends to feel thicker with higher levels of smog, air pollution, pollen and humidity. This all can cause asthmatic attacks which can be both minor and life-threatening depending on the severity of the attack. It is caused by difficulty of breathing, coughing, wheezing and chest pain. If you are prone to asthma attacks that you carry appropriate medication, such as an inhaler. In serious cases, please seek the nearest medical attention. Hay Fever One of the most common concerns over the summer besides sun burn is an allergic reaction referred to as hay fever. With the over production of pollen in the air, you are breathing in so many foreign substances into the body which can trigger hay fever. Avoid the streaming eyes, sore throat and congested nose by avoiding outdoor activities in the garden, and taking some antihistamines. Case Studies & Insights2018-01-07T13:00:00ZFalse
Surviving Festival Season – How First Responders Can Better Protect Festival-Goershttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/Surviving-Festival-Season-–-How-First-Responders-Can-Better-Protect-Festival-Goers.aspxSurviving Festival Season – How First Responders Can Better Protect Festival-Goers Whether you are young or old, a party animal or just enjoy live musical performances, the festival season can be an exciting time of year. It may be a great way to relieve work stress and be in the moment. This attitude means, however, that many people may overstretch themselves, or not treat their bodies in ways they usually would. Be it unpredictable weather or increased alcohol intake, many people may find themselves in immediate health strife and in need of help. This is where first responders are crucial. Receiving immediate medical care could be the difference between life and death. By understanding the medical issues that commonly plague those at festivals, be it big or small, first responders can better assist those who may need it. Dealing with the elements Everybody loves a party during the summer. The weather is nice and festival goers want to get out and enjoy themselves. The Australian sun, however, can be incredibly hot, with temperatures in summer exceeding 40 degrees in certain areas. Without adequate hydration, many may suffer from heat stroke or severe dehydration. As a first responder, it is important then to have the proper equipment to help you deal with these conditions. Common symptoms of dehydration include · Headaches · Dry Mouth · Dark urine · Muscle cramps To treat this, first responders should sit the patient down and give them plenty of water or drinks that promote oral rehydration. If after this treatment they feel no better, it is advised that they attend a hospital to see a doctor for further care. Without help, this condition can turn into heat exhaustion which is far more serious. Alcohol-related conditions Unfortunately, some festival goers may overindulge in alcohol and may need to be medically assisted to help protect them from serious harm. When dealing with anyone with excessive intoxication it is important to remain safe and not put yourself in any danger. Getting the patient sitting and replacing fluids may be your first point of call, as is assessing their current state. Careful monitoring and preventing breathing and choking problems are key. If a person is displaying the following symptoms, they may have more serious alcohol poisoning · Confusion · Vomiting · Seizures · Slow breathing · Irregular breathing · Blue-tinged skin or pale skin · Passing out (unconsciousness) If this is the case then calling triple zero is essential for an ambulance, as well as staying with the person to assist them medically and prevent them choking. Festivals can be a fun experience for all. First responders however play a large part in making sure the party doesn't turn sour and its patrons are protected should the worst happen. 2018-01-02T13:00:00ZFalse
How to Beat Hay Fever this Springhttps://www.wilsonmedicone.com.au/blog/Pages/How-to-Beat-Hay-Fever-this-Spring.aspxHow to Beat Hay Fever this Spring Winter has passed, the sun is back out and the flowers are in bloom. The air is filled with pollen, which for some goes by unnoticeable. However, for 1 in 5 people, it can trigger hay fever. Hay fever is a type of seasonal allergic rhinitis which is at its height during springtime and summer due to the escalated amount of pollen and mould spores in the air which are breathed in by an individual. An inside look When an individual starts to feel the effects of hay fever, it is common to feel blocked up and swollen in the eyes, nose and throat. Those with a sensitised immune system will start producing immunoglobulin E, an antibody that attacks the pollen substance. This causes the release and overproduction of the antibodies histamine as a response made to foreign pathogens perceived as a threat (in this case, pollen) can be the cause of common symptoms of hay fever such as runny eyes and sneezing. Common symptoms associated with hay fever are Weed Pollen Pet Dander Grass Pollen Dust Mites Tree Pollen Spores forming from fungi or moulds Beating the fever Individuals who know they are susceptible to hay fever needn’t worry, as there are numerous ways to heighten the chances of an allergen free spring and avoid exposure to triggers. Whilst there is no cure for hay fever, here are some ways to avoid serious irritations. Allergen Free Indoor Air If you know that the pollen count in the air is high in your area, then it would be vital to ensure you have clean and safe air indoors. One way to achieve this is through air filtration systems, which can remove up to 95% of allergen particles from the air. Minimise your susceptibility by not participating outdoor activities such as mowing the lawn, gardening or raking leaves. Ensure that you shower and wash your face after a going outside to get rid of pollen that may have gathered on your body or hair during the day. Avoid hanging your clothes or bed linen outdoors as pollen may gather and build up. Cut down on the time spent with pets, as their dander is known to be a trigger to hay fever. If a pet is entering your house from the outdoors, wipe their fur down with a wet cloth to try and rid it of pollen that may have collected. Ensure that you have the right medical gear on hand if your reaction becomes irritating or enervating. Speak to your medical professional on how to best combat the effects of hay fever this spring. Knowing how to treat an allergic reaction can help save lives, learn how to treat someone suffering an allergic reaction with a first aid course contact us here.​​​ Treatment & Prevention2017-11-14T13:00:00ZFalse