Continuous Demands, Multiple Disasters, Mounting Stress: How Emergency Responders Can Protect Against Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and PTSD   [open html - 0B]

From the Webpage: "As any emergency responder knows, EMS [Emergency Medical Services] providers, healthcare professionals and other emergency responders work in fast-paced, demanding, challenging environments. Although this work can be incredibly rewarding, the accumulation of daily stressors coupled with the intense pressures associated with a disaster - such as taking on unfamiliar duties, witnessing horrific events, comforting traumatized people, working back-to-back shifts, eating poorly, and sleeping rarely - can have serious repercussions for responder behavioral health. According to research by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration, about one in three emergency responders suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression. In addition, responders and staff in emergency response agencies are at an increased risk over the long term for experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. At an individual level, behavioral health problems can be hard to recognize and address. At an organizational level, they can seriously hinder your emergency management organization or healthcare facility's ability to respond effectively. So how can you recognize when someone needs help and what can you do to help them? Start by learning some core concepts, warning signs, and ways to help."

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