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Paramedics need more support to deal with daily trauma

Among all emergency service workers, paramedics have the highest rate of PTSD, with an estimated prevalence of 14.6%. This compares to 7.3% among firefighters and 4.7% for police.

While all emergency service personnel face catastrophic and stressful events, paramedics are exposed to these events on a daily basis. Most of them are resilient, most of the time, but traumatic events still take their toll, particularly when you consider the cumulative effect of repeated exposure.

Some cases will slip behind the professional guard and become personal. Paramedics working in small communities are more likely to know the people they attend, or know the patient’s family. And paramedics…

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