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Life Saving Education For Lifesavers!

Cries for help. Maneuvering through carnage. Wails of heartbreak from grieving loved ones. Being held at gunpoint. These are all instances that the average individual would equate with the “worst day of their lives” but in reality, these situations are typical occurrences in the lives of our emergency medicine providers. What happens when our everyday heroes need support?

Each presentation within this series approaches the topic of mental wellness for EMS personnel from an awareness standpoint rather than a diagnostic one. Our intent is to help save YOU—our livesavers—and eliminate the stigma of weakness that is associated with asks for help.

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Courses in This Series:

PTS and Maybe D: Important Information for First Responders

PTS and Maybe D: Important Information for First Responders
Presented by Gloria Bullman, Psy.D.
1.0 CME | 75-minute webinar | $15
Presented by Gloria Bullman, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist

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Critical incidents have become more violent and further-reaching over the past few decades. While the average person may experience a single traumatic event in their lifetime, first responders are exposed to traumatic events on a consistent basis. How can these events affect them over time? What reactions are “normal”? When is it time to seek help – and who can provide help?

As part of our Empowering our Heroes project, clinical psychologist Dr. Gloria Bullman asked EMS providers of various experience levels those very questions. During this presentation, EMS providers recall life-changing experiences on the job, including responding to the Pulse Nightclub shooting, and open up about their personal challenges with mental wellness both after the incident and throughout their career. Additionally, clinical psychologist Dr. Deborah Beidel reviews the signs and symptoms that often indicate post-traumatic stress in prehospital professionals, along with effective treatment strategies. This important presentation helps eliminate the stigma of “PTSD” in the EMS community, in effort to help save YOU: our lifesavers, who deserve the best care possible.

Continuing Education Information:
CAPCE – This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Advanced CEH by the Emergency Medicine Learning and Resource Center, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).

How to Claim CE:
In order to receive continuing education credit, you must: watch a minimum of 70 minutes of the 74-minute presentation and complete the PTS and maybe D – Information for First Responders post-activity evaluation. Once you’ve attested to the completion of the course and the number of credits you’ve claimed, you will be able to access & print your certificate of completion.

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Suicides of EMS Providers: Increasing Awareness and How to Help Before it's Too Late

Suicides of EMS Providers: Increasing Awareness and How to Help Before it’s Too Late
Presented by Andrea Zickmund, NREMT-P/FF

Suicide is an ever-increasing problem in the EMS world. The presenter comes from the experience of losing two EMT partners in one year due to suicide and has a deep passion for increasing the awareness of this problem to EMS providers, their families and friends. This lecture will discuss the importance of knowing what kind of career the EMS provider is getting into, talking about the stereotypes of EMS providers and how to change it, and the importance of watching for the signs and symptoms of the EMS provider who is having difficulty dealing with stress – and getting them help before it’s too late.

For more information on continuing education, click here.

Unexpected Nightmares

Unexpected Nightmares
Presented by Benjamin Vernon, FF/PM, HIRT, TRT

Benjamin Vernon, a paramedic with San Diego Fire Rescue, recalls the events of being attacked and stabbed on duty and describes the hurdles of recovering from PTSD. During this powerful session, he will explain the exact definition of post-traumatic stress disorder and explain the importance of mental wellness for first responders.

Unfortunately, this presentation is no longer available. Please stay tuned to EMLRC.org to find out how to access it in the future.

For more information on continuing education, click here.

EMS Wellness…Where are We?

EMS Wellness…Where Are We?
Presented by Kristin McCabe-Kline, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, ACHE & Robert Brandon, EMT

Unfortunately, this presentation is no longer available. Please stay tuned to EMLRC.org to find out how to access it in the future.

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