Counselor Education and Supervision (ExCES)
School of Education
Emergency Medical, first responders, PCL, PTSD, trauma exposure
This study focuses on the prevalence and severity of post-traumatic stress symptoms in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel. Summative PTSD Checklist (PCL-C) scores were collected and analyzed from 102 active, adult EMS professionals working in Pennsylvania. Data analysis shows EMS professionals are experiencing severe post-traumatic stress symptoms at a higher rate than the general public. The severity and prevalence of EMS post-traumatic stress symptoms are comparable to those of American veterans returning from active combat zones in Iraq. Based on the results, several suggestions are proposed regarding how to effectively minimize the experience of post-traumatic stress symptoms in EMS professionals.
Probst, C. (2014). Occurrence and Effects Of Repeated Trauma Exposure In Emergency Medical Personnel (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1063