Publication Date

Spring 2018

Faculty Supervisor

Jennifer Humer


The field of prehospital emergency care is one full of unpredictability, high physical demand, and mental stress. EMTs and Paramedics are called to the unknown to treat whatever they come upon with the limited supplies and equipment that can be found in their trauma bag and ambulances. Some calls may be rewarding as they save the life of a patient, or they can be run of the mill as they get a call for a person not feeling well. Some calls, though, do not end in a relaxed drop off at the ED and back to the station for the next call. These calls that stick out are the ones that can cause extensive emotions and impact the lives of these providers. Just a few examples: mass casualty incidents, significant traumas, and a large variety of pediatric calls can lead to emotional trauma. Research, though limited, has shown that there is extensive risk to these providers, yet PTSD education and training is not greatly implemented. PTSD is a valid concern for those in the field, and precautions must be put in place to prevent this in any way possible.


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