After responding to a traumatic call, EMTs may think they're fine, but PTSD can strike several months after an event. Here are signs of PTSD and how family and friends can help.
Many professionals believe the emergency medical services (EMS) industry has hit an impasse with industry-wide budget cuts, falling wages, and staffing cuts. However, during this difficult time, a new paradigm has emerged: the mobile care program concept. Such a program essentially prevents patients with chronic illness from costly emergency room visits. Learn more about the management and system requirements needed to help mobile care programs become the catalyst for change in EMS.
The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. The CDC reports that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD, which means more than 1 million children are diagnosed with some form of the neurodevelopment disorder. Considering a person with autism is seven times more likely than a non-autistic individual to need the service of responders, first responders must be prepared to encounter an autistic individual during an emergency situation. In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, here are some tips for how emergency responders can adjust response techniques.
Working in a 911 call center is stressful. The pace is nonstop and it can be overwhelming even for seasoned and resilient emergency dispatchers. Local and state governments have a responsibility to make sure that professional mental healthcare providers are available to serve not only police officers, firefighters and paramedics, but also 911 call takers and emergency dispatchers.
By Dr. Shana Nicholson and Joseph Heaton
Social media has become a staple in today’s society. It is hard to find someone who does not participate in at least one service, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Using social media for personal reasons is socially acceptable, however, when social media and emergency services mix, an explosive concoction begins to form.
By Dr. Shana Nicholson, faculty member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University
For almost 20 years, I have been an active member of the emergency medical services (EMS), fire science, and public safety profession. I have seen many advancements during my time in the field and I am gratified to see yet another important area being developed—community involvement during a crisis.
By Anthony S. Mangeri, Sr., Faculty Member, Emergency and Disaster Management at American Military University
Over the years, there have been several stories of public safety personnel, on and off duty, failing to meet the response expectations of their community. A recent incident in the District of Columbia involving the death of a man who collapsed near a fire station and not receive immediate aid, made it even more unclear if emergency responders have a legal duty to act versus an expectation by the community to aid those who seek help.