Post Event Support for Responders

The likelihood of someone surviving a sudden cardiac arrest is dependent on a large number of factors, many of which are out of the hands of someone who tries to help.

Responding to such an event where someone does not survive can be a difficult event for anyone to cope with.

How you might feel after, and how to cope.

It is important to be aware of ‘Critical Incident Stress’ which can occur following a crisis response such as attending someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. It is common and very normal to experience both physical and/or psychological symptoms following such an event.

Often a ‘debrief’ discussion amongst a responder group with the assistance from the medical supervisor, talking to others who were present during the incident or discussing the event with close family and friends can be of benefit.


How to seek further help and recovery.

Although such symptoms will generally dissipate in time, sometimes an event can cause a significant stress reaction. If such behavioural signs and symptoms don’t diminish over time, it is important that the person is encouraged to seek support or help and should contact their GP.


Online training course for managing stress before or after an event.

The Pre Hospital Emergency Care Council (PHECC) have also developed an online Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Stress Awareness Training course which may be of assistance to those joining a first responder group. You can access and begin this online CISM resource here, right now, on your laptop, phone, computer or ipad.

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