Summarises the key results of a major study of the risks of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in emergency medical technician-paramedics (EMT-Ps) with the intent of:
- making stakeholders aware of the risks of MSDs associated with the profession of EMT-P
- encouraging the development and implementation of various preventive measures and the enhancement of training and professional development activities
On the basis of factual data, the researchers propose some preventive solutions to reduce the frequency and severity of MSDs. In the hope of contributing to reduce the high staff turnover rate and the resulting loss of valuable experience in this sector, since EMT-Ps often take early retirement for medical reasons or leave their jobs in search of less demanding tasks or better working conditions as they grow older.