Abstracts of the 4th Pan American Regional Conference of WADEM

2013 Prehospital and Disaster Medicine  
This presentation will provide an overview of Red Cross strategies for reducing responder risk spanning the continuum of pre-deployment to post-deployment. The psychological literature describing the danger of compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary traumatization in disaster response is extensive. Volunteers in all areas, from phone operators to first responders, face unexpected stressors which can lead to brief periods of distress or, at worst, longlasting negative psychological
more » ... . A sampling of this literature will be presented, with special emphasis on international humanitarian response organizations. Force Health Protection is important for several reasons, including the expense involved in recruiting and training new people, continuity of care, the resilience of the work force and protection of the volunteer's emotional health. The issue is one of appropriate sequencing: take care of the responder first and then disaster victims and survivors. Methods: Strategies include: pre-deployment screening and mental health messaging; utilization of client mental health August 2013 Prehospital and Disaster Medicine ABSTRACTS
doi:10.1017/s1049023x13000253 fatcat:nqeszmnxabgchiq2yq2qtmmo2q