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.

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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