Paramedics are bracing themselves for a surge in incidents following New Year's Eve celebrations.
Paramedics are bracing themselves for a surge in incidents following New Year's Eve celebrations. Coffs Coast Advocate

No new year celebration for paramedics

AMBULANCE paramedics are bracing themselves for a surge in incidents following New Year's Eve celebrations.

A spokesperson for the Ambulance Service of NSW said traditionally New Year's Eve was the busiest night of the holiday season.

“Most of the incidents we attend are alcohol related,” the spokesperson said.

“We would like to warn revellers to think about the effects of their drinking habits and their behaviour to ensure they arrive home safely.”

Alcohol-related conditions paramedics are most likely to treat include serious head and other injuries resulting from falls from a considerable height, traffic incidents including pedestrians stepping out in front of moving vehicles, alcohol-related violence injuries and severe sickness due to binge drinking.

The Service also warns that the risk factor of serious injury or death increased when alcohol is mixed with illicit drugs.

“Revellers under the influence of drugs or alcohol have been known to threaten paramedics with aggressive behaviour.

“Paramedics are there to help you...such behaviours will not be tolerated and offenders will be referred to the police.”

In the event of an emergency call Triple Zero (000).



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