Helping Others Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Working for EMS involves challenges that can take their toll on you mentally and emotionally. Here are a few of the stressors that can challenge even the most resilient people in the field:
- long hours and unpredictable schedules
- being "on call" for extended periods
- having to perform in bad weather and harsh climates
- worries about contagious diseases, needlesticks, etc.
- being the target of violence in the communities you serve
- violent, uncooperative, or mentally unstable patients
- witnessing large scale devastation involving air disasters, terrorist attack, etc.
- frustration with equipment, communications, etc.
- difficulty reaching emergency sites.
The Stress of the Job Can Catch Up to Anyone
Maybe you have known for a while, or are just beginning to notice:
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