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Drexel Occupational Safety Research Finds Substantial Impact on Paramedics Violently Injured by Patients in the Line of Duty

A mixed-methods study of firefighters and paramedics in a large urban city found that paramedics are 14 times more likely to be violently injured by patients than firefighters. The team led by Dr. Jennifer Taylor, associate professor of environmental and occupational health in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, also conducted qualitative research which uncovered significant issues related to injury underreporting, infrequent prosecution of assailants, and insufficient support from institutional leadership and dispatchers. Researchers suggest interventions should focus on these issues, as well as items raised in interviews with first responders related to the negative psychological impact of assaults, and the stress for first responders as well as stress in the communities they serve. “A stressed workforce responding to a stressed community during a stressful event can have unwanted consequences,” authors wrote in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine publication.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=10.1002%2Fajim.22550