Category Archives: Stay Strong

Stay Safe on the Job

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Content provided by NAEMT.

It seems like every day we read about another EMS practitioner who’s been hurt or killed in the line of duty. One day it’s an EMT who’s been struck by a passing car while working a highway crash; another day, a paramedic is assaulted while trying to help care for a sick child; and all too often, a first responder dies from a heart attack following a seemingly routine call. Our safety, and the safety of those with whom we work, is not automatic. We need to take action ourselves to make sure we go home at the end of the shift.

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A Stress Management Tool for EMS Professionals

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That familiar tone rings out, and the dispatcher relays information of a true emergency: a rollover with multiple victims. You and your partner hop into your trusty rig and hope the injuries are minor, but are prepared for the worst. You can feel your heart pounding in your chest, part of the effects of the “fight or flight” syndrome. What should you do? Take a deep breath and relax.

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True confessions of a clinically depressed medic

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Content provided by EMS1.com.

It was a couple of months after my wife left me that I asked a trusted doctor friend a hypothetical question.

“Jalal,” I asked, ”if you had a patient who told you he worked all the time, and slept 19 hours a day on his days off, and barely got out of bed until it was time to go back to work, and had no appetite and felt tired all the time, what would you say was wrong with him?”

“I’d tell that patient that he was clinically depressed,” he answered soberly, “and tell him he needed to get help, right the heck now.”

“Crap,” I sighed. “I had a feeling that’s what you were going to say.”

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Ways EMTs can better manage stress

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Content provided by EMS1.com.

As EMS chiefs we are responsible for planning for and ensuring the needs of our crews are met during regular operations, as well as unique incidents or long-duration operations. For my service, the ongoing events in Ferguson, Mo. pushed and stressed our leadership team.

As we determine our response plan, first and foremost is the importance of keeping crews safe. We need to ensure our crews go home at the end of their shift. Having to make a visit to an employee’s home to deliver bad news is not on my things to do list.

As we looked at the lessons learned from the events in August 2014 and set our plan going forward, it was quickly noticed my leadership team was feeling stressed and a lesson on stress management was needed. Let’s reflect on how to manage the stress we face every day.

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EMS Health Part 4: Alcohol Abuse

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Content provided by EMS WORLD.

As paramedics and EMTs, you’ve likely seen your share of incidents associated with alcohol abuse and excessive consumption. Maybe it’s an accident at the hands of a drunk driver, or maybe it’s responding to a victim of alcohol poisoning. But sometimes it’s EMS personnel who are at risk.

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