Provider Wellness & Safety

Other Operations Topics: 
Survey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of Suicide

Survey Reveals Alarming Rates of EMS Provider Stress and Thoughts of Suicide

September 28, 2015

Data suggests ways to reduce the impact of critical stress on EMTs and paramedics.

Compassion Fatigue: A Hidden Stress in Providers of Mobile-Integrated Healthcare

August 17, 2015

Compassion fatigue, also known as secondary traumatic stress disorder (STSD), is similar to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is usually found in caregivers.

Dietary Supplements Can Help Providers with a Busy Schedule

August 17, 2015

In reality, no supplement is perfect for everyone. It’s important to factor yourself into the equation to figure out what—if anything—you need.

Readers Unite to Discuss EMS Suicide

August 4, 2015

On Facebook, readers united to share stories about their experiences with the harrowing parts of EMS, and together agreed “there is no shame in admitting you’re human.” 

Five Station-Friendly Workouts

July 27, 2015

Because EMS is a physical job, it only makes sense responders have the education and tools necessary to stay fit on duty.

Six Steps to Address Caregiver Suicide & Improve Mental Wellness

June 5, 2015

EMS leaders entrusted to guide our caregivers’ careers simply must do more to address suicide prevention and mental health of providers.

A First Responder's Guide to Ebola

May 4, 2015

What to think about when treating an Ebola patient in the ambulance.

Serving the Psychological Needs of Your Employees

May 1, 2015

How does your agency help employees cope with the traumas and stressors of EMS?

Medical Waste Not as Dangerous as its Stigma Suggests

April 6, 2015

Regulations are disproportionate to the risks involved.

Readers Sound Off About Glove Use After Patient Care

March 17, 2015

How often are you susceptible to potentially unclean surfaces?

Document On-the-Job Assault and Harassment

January 26, 2015

Be your own advocate.

Understanding and Managing the Benefits of Weight Gain After Smoking Cessation

January 16, 2015

Gaining 10 pounds is less detrimental than a heavy smoking habit.

Workplace Fatigue Creates Dangerous Risks for EMS Employees

January 8, 2015

Coffee can’t combat these hazards.

Understand When to Remove Gloves and Other PPE

December 2, 2014

Once a provider comes in contact with an infectious pathogen, with or without a gloved hand, that pathogen can now be spread to everything else touched.

Eat Right to Make Sure You Don’t End Up a Patient

December 2, 2014

We are what we eat.

Ebola Outbreak Not a Threat to U.S. Healthcare Workers

November 7, 2014

Learn Ebola infection control measures.

Staging Our Response to Ebola and Other Contagious Diseases

October 15, 2014

The Ebola challenge for the American emergency system has arisen very quickly, and provides us with another opportunity to refine the approach to contagious diseases. As emergency providers sit together to draft regional plans, there’s a res...

Metropolitan Medical Directors Share Protocols on Ebola Practices and Procedures

October 10, 2014

In this rapid transportation era, a disease threat can move at lightning speed, and it’s possible for an ill patient to show up in any corner of the United States tomorrow. As we face the worldwide threat of Ebola, as well as a domestic chal...

Understanding Ebola Precautions

October 8, 2014 Although outbreaks of the Ebola virus hemorrhagic fever in Africa have occurred sporadically over the years, the latest is the largest to date. In the past, each outbreak was quickly controlled when teams from the United States arrived and inst...

Pinnacle Keynote Speaker Discusses the Effects of Sleep Deprivation & Fatigue

July 23, 2014

The 2014 Pinnacle conference began Tuesday night at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. Following a warm welcome to attendees by Program Chair Jay Fitch, former Navy commander Scott Shappell, PhD, from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer...

The new NFFF Initiative 13 Works to Change Traumatic Incident Response Stigma

July 11, 2014

Though not found in any official job description, the difficult nature of an emergency responder’s job has come to be expected. They’ll often witness or be part of traumatic events that can weigh on them physically, emotionally, spirit...

Is EMS Still the Most Dangerous Profession?

July 8, 2014 Time to Take Action 1. Maguire BJ, O’Meara PF, Brightwell RF, et al. Occupational injury risk among Australian paramedics: An analysis of national data. Med J Aust. 2014;200(8):477–480. 2. Maguire BJ, Smith S. Injuries and fataliti...
The stress of working in EMS can be combated by improving resiliency.

An Evidence-based Program for Improving and Sustaining First Responder Behavioral Health

March 3, 2014

Program teaches first responders to be resilient in tough profession.

Treating a co-worker is usually more stressful than attending to a regular patient.

A Firsthand Account of the Stresses of Caring for Your Colleagues

March 3, 2014

Caring for an EMS provider can cause more stress than usual.

The Effects of Consuming Caffeine & Energy Drinks on a Long Shift

January 13, 2014

Most of us know at least one person who refuses to speak or function in the morning until they’ve had their first cup of coffee. Actually, chances are you know several, since a reported 90% of North Americans consume caffeine on a daily basi...

The Bare Necessities of EMS

November 22, 2013

When packing for vacation, I always lay out all the items I think I’ll need. Clothing, money, sunglasses, suntan lotion, shampoo, lip balm, directions, GPS, tickets and many other things. Then I put back half of my clothes and double the amo...

Tools to Safely Transport Patients

November 22, 2013

Twenty something years ago, as a new rookie, I was approached by a seasoned old guy—oops, I mean veteran. He posed two very simple questions to me: a young, green 23-year-old. His first question: “Do you drink coffee son?” I repl...

Mobile Demonstration Module from EMS Safety Foundation Exhibits Safe Patient Compartment Configurations

November 20, 2013

The EMS Safety Foundation has rolled out its innovative new INDEMO 1.0 Ambulance Safety Innovation Design Module Project. The unique trailer, the result of years of research and discussion about ambulance safety and design, allows EMS personnel, m...

Laundry Bins, Pay Raises & Other Morale Measures

November 18, 2013

“Morale is the lowest it has ever been!” As an EMS provider or administrator, I am quite certain you’ve heard that sometime during your career. And just when you thought morale couldn’t get any lower, you heard it again the...

How & Why To Improve Employee Wellness

November 18, 2013

The average person will spend 90,000 hours working during their lifetime.1 That equates to more than 10 entire years spent on the job. For EMTs and paramedics who often work 48-hour weeks and frequently have more than one employer, these numbers m...

Featured Careers




Register for

the JEMS


it's FREE!

JEMS Connect




Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts