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Are you under stress in EMS. Understanding the slippery slope of burnout and PTSD.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23097838     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Burnout and PTSD are closely linked and often underreported in EMS. EMS classrooms do little or nothing to prepare providers for the inherent emotional stresses of emergency response and the "thick skin" culture of EMS may make many providers apprehensive about sharing their true feelings. Burnout is triggered by many of the same stresses that lead to the symptoms of PTSD and providers experiencing burnout that doesn't resolve within a few weeks may actually be experiencing PTSD. Be mindful of yourself and your fellow coworkers, particularly after a very traumatic response. And remember traumatic responses don't need to be as dramatic as Sept. 11, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina or the Aurora, CO shootings to bother an EMS worker. In contrast, these are the calls where providers often receive the most attention. Instead, watch for the new father who just performed CPR on an infant the same age as his own, or the provider who just watched his or her friend die following a motor vehicle collision. Pay attention to yourself and colleagues, and be responsible and honest with yourself and others about when coping strategies are enough, and when they aren't. Finally, don't ever be afraid to seek help.
Authors:
Kevin T Collopy; Sean M Kivlehan; Scott R Snyder
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  EMS world     Volume:  41     ISSN:  -     ISO Abbreviation:  EMS World     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101547538     Medline TA:  EMS World     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  47-50, 52-6     Citation Subset:  H    
Affiliation:
Vitalink/Airlink in Wilmington, NC, USA. kcollopy@colgatealumni.org
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