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EMT Well Being. Who takes care of us?. The Well-Being of the EMT-1. Personal health, safety, and well-being are vital to an EMS operation Hazards are common Mental and physical stresses are part of the job. Rescuer well being. Death & dying Critical Incident Stress CISM

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emt well being
EMT Well Being

Who takes care of us?

the well being of the emt 1
The Well-Being of the EMT-1
  • Personal health, safety, and well-being are vital to an EMS operation
  • Hazards are common
  • Mental and physical stresses are part of the job.
rescuer well being
Rescuer well being

Death & dying

Critical Incident Stress


Scene Safety and Personal Protection

death and dying
Death and Dying

Few people have witnessed death

Death is something you will have to face

Think about it ahead of time

*remember hearing is the last sense to go

the grieving process
The Grieving Process

1. Denial

2. Anger

3. Bargaining

4. Depression

5. Acceptance

what can an emt 1 do
What Can an EMT-1 Do?

Provide support

Make helpful statements

Be sincere

Understand that grief is a process

dealing with family members
Dealing With Family Members

Be calm

Use a gentle tone of voice

Respect the family’s wishes

Do not create false hope

signs of stress
Signs of Stress
  • Sleep problems – nightmares, insomnia, hypersomnia
  • Headaches
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Isolation
  • Substance abuse
  • “Normal responses to abnormal stress”
stress management
Stress Management

Positive and negative ways to handle it

Stress is unavoidable

Understand the effects

Find balance in life

strategies to manage stress 1 of 2
Strategies to Manage Stress (1 of 2)

Eliminate stressors

Change partners

Stop complaining

Expand your social support system

strategies to manage stress 2 of 2
Strategies to Manage Stress (2 of 2)

Minimize the physical response by:

Taking a deep breath



Proper nutrition

signs and symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder
Signs and Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


Startle reactions

Flashback phenomena

Amnesia of event

critical incident stress
Critical Incident Stress

Multi-casualty Incidents (MCI)

Infant and child trauma

Patients that remind us of loved ones

Death or injury of a coworker

Extreme circumstances



critical incident stress management
Critical Incident Stress Management

Confronts responses to critical incidents

Process designed to help EMS personnel defuse responses to critical incidents

Composed of trained peers and mental health professionals

cism components
CISM – Components

Pre-incident stress education

On-scene peer support

Disaster support services


cism components16
CISM – Components


Follow-up services

Spouse and Family support

Community Outreach

talk, talk, talk, talk (to people that understand)

critical incident stress debriefing cisd
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Held within 24 to 72 hours

All information is confidential

CISD leaders offer suggestions for overcoming the stress

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