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Paramedics see violence increasing on weekends

AFTER a violent attack unfolds, paramedics are usually the first on the scene to help the wounded.

Queensland Ambulance Service Superintendent Sean Mutchmor said many people they treated after violent attacks were unconscious patients with head injuries.

"That makes it very difficult for paramedics to assess," Mr Mutchmor said.

What made it worse was how most people were affected by alcohol, making them unable to defend themselves, he said.

In the 16 years Mr Mutchmor has been a paramedic, incidents of violence have increased.

"It's getting more obviously violent. There would not be a paramedic who would not go to (a violent situation) three to four times a week."

More violent attacks mean paramedics are also busier, especially at weekends.

"Paramedics who have been around for a long time reminisce on the times they got to go back to their stations (on weekends)," Mr Mutchmor said.

"They used to be able to go back to the station to sleep at night-time.

"Now that just doesn't happen. Maybe it does in some towns but not anywhere in the south-east corner (of Queensland).

"Now, paramedics who work weekend nights start a shift and are on the go, in the ambulance, for the entire night from about 7pm."

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