Białystok police officers taught paramedics how to effectively defend themselves against an aggressive patient. As paramedics say, aggression from patients is an everyday occurrence in their work.
Białystok medics learn from police officers how to defend themselves or escape. – Such training is intended to prepare paramedics a little more psychologically and tactically for interventions against aggressive people – explains senior sergeant. Marcin Gawryluk from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Białystok.
The police taught how to repel an attack and how to effectively incapacitate an aggressive person. – They will learn self-defense techniques. The idea is for them to survive life- or health-threatening situations that they encounter more and more often in their daily work, says the subcommittee. Jarosław Grunt from the Provincial Police Headquarters in Białystok.
This will be a series of training courses conducted until the end of the year. Classes will take place in the classroom, but also in the ambulance. Medics will analyze how they should behave in given situations. – (We will – editor’s note) train a dozen or so paramedics on these issues regarding responding to aggressive behavior of patients – says Gawryluk.
Aggressive behavior by patients is very common, and yet paramedics are not taught how to effectively defend themselves as part of their professional training. – Rescuers are obliged to undergo training (…) and I think that it should necessarily be included in the rescuer’s education – says Łukasz Nurkowski, a paramedic.
There are many examples of aggression towards paramedics. – There was some aggression regarding our activities, a fight. Ultimately, we had to evacuate the apartment, and the man behind us ran out with a picket fence and chased us, says Jakub Wakuluk from the Provincial Ambulance Station in Poznań. In turn, Adam Stępka from the Provincial Ambulance Station in Łódź recalls how one of the patients unbuckled himself from the stretcher, started kicking and punching.
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Rescuers are attacked both verbally and physically. It can be really dangerous – there are attacks with a knife or an axe. Often, medics become patients. – (The rescuer – editor’s note) started providing help and wanted to check if the man was conscious. He attacked our rescuer with great aggression, and as a result she was taken to hospital and is still on sick leave – reports Wakuluk.
Not only patients are aggressive, but also their families. Risky situations are sometimes difficult to predict. – Young people, people of working age and even seniors. This is a whole cross-section of society – from wealthy people who want to put pressure on people and get something that they cannot formally get from the emergency medical team, to people under the influence of alcohol lying somewhere in public places – Stępka points out.
To be able to help, rescuers must reach the patient safely. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand this. – If we are attacked, if someone behaves aggressively towards the emergency medical team, the paramedics will withdraw regardless of what happens to the injured person – emphasizes Stępka.
Assaulting a rescuer is punishable by imprisonment of up to 10 years. In reality, however, the sentences are much lower. – That’s not what we learned. We learned to provide help, save people, and not have to protect ourselves from the patients we want to help, says Wakuluk.
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