Massachusetts Medical Society: Traumatic Incident Stress for Provider and Patients

Traumatic Incident Stress for Provider and Patients

Traumatic events and disasters are often unexpected, sudden and overwhelming. In some cases, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there is nonetheless a serious emotional toll. Understanding normal responses to these events can aid providers and responders in recognizing and effectively dealing with individuals impacted by traumatic incidents.

Traumatic Incident Stress for Emergency Responders
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all workers involved in response activities help themselves and their coworkers and reduce the risk of experiencing stress associated with a traumatic incident by utilizing simple methods to recognize, monitor, and maintain health on-site and following such experiences. Helpful information for emergency responders is available at this website.

Coping With a Traumatic Event: Information for the Health Professionals
Traumatic events affect survivors, rescue workers, and friends and relatives of victims who have been directly involved. In addition to potentially affecting those who suffer injuries or loss. They may also affect people who have witnessed the event either firsthand or on television. Health care professionals should be alert to the various needs of the traumatized person. To review common responses to traumatic events and suggestions for interacting with traumatized individuals please visit this website.

Managing Traumatic Stress: Tips for Recovering from Disasters and Traumatic Events
The American Psychological Association provides information and resources for providers and patients on recognizing and coping with traumatic stress.

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