What word do you think of when someone says first responders? The first word that pops in our heads is “selfless.” These professionals are constantly there for members of the community during their worst moments and quite possibly the worst day of some people’s lives. They ensure their patients receive high-quality, lifesaving care. Constantly “being there” for the community during medical emergencies is stressful. EMS personnel often work in harsh environments, under unpredictable circumstances with limited information. To handle the stress associated with their jobs, first responders benefit from good physical, mental and emotional health.
Safety Day encourages responders to focus on risk and prevention rather than possible negative outcomes and aims to promote the advancement of safety measures for both the community and the profession.
EMS agencies can help their personnel achieve this in many ways. We’ve put together a list of a few ideas:
- Take care of your crew by educating them about stress reduction and mental illness to reduce the stigma that prevents EMS providers from asking for help when they need it.
- Evaluate your EMS service’s safety data and utilize it to employ safety education programs tailored to the needs of your service and the community.
- Build a culture that fosters positivity. Positivity has been shown to promote resilience. The environment should be a space where employees receive recognition and appreciation for their work.
- Support good physical health. Physical health is associated with good mental health. Getting sufficient sleep, healthy nutrition and exercise can ward off chronic illness, boost mood and protection from depression.
From all of us at Coro Medical, home of AED.US, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are proud to call you a partner and will always be here to support you.
Written by Blaire
Customer Service Manager