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.
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 Leischen Stelter, American Military University
The number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is on the rise. In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that 1 in 50 U.S. schoolchildren are diagnosed with ASD. That is up significantly from previous estimates of 1 in 88 children.
By Allison G. S. Knox, M.A., EMT-B, Faculty at American Military University
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an intriguing policy area because it encompasses numerous issue areas at the local, state and federal levels of government. Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics are cross-trained between emergency medicine and public safety, which allows them to be creative and resourceful when handling 9-1-1 emergencies.
By Leischen Stelter
The high-stress work involved in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) profession creates a high turnover rate among professionals, but Dr. Shana Nicholson has managed to achieve 20 years of service—and counting.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Nicholson was involved in multiple high-trauma and high-stress situations inherent to EMS and fire service.
By Allison G. S. Knox, professor at American Military University
Emergency medical services (EMS) is an incredibly important component of the 911 emergency response system, but it is also an area that is generally misunderstood by the American public. Emergency medical services handles all of the 911 emergency calls relating to medical and traumatic emergencies, but rarely is it truly understood by the public it serves.