EMS Tips First Aid

Psychological First Aid Resources

After a natural disaster the news media will often say things like, “residents of this small town are in shock this morning after a tornado ripped through this neighborhood in the middle of the night.” As you know ‘shock’ is a physiological problem related to inadequate perfusion. What the media is calling shock is the mental stress of witnessing and/or surviving a stressful event.

We know that there are likely to be many more people that have suffered mental anguish from a disaster than actual physical injuries. In this Every Day EMS Tips column for I share resources for readers about Psychological First Aid and how to learn more.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.