Greg Dodd
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 9, Iss. 6, 02 Jun 2017, pp 258 - 263

The role of front line ambulance staff in the UK has developed so rapidly that it
is almost unrecognisable from days gone by, when scoop and run tactics were
commonplace. With additional responsibilities, pressurised decision making
and a range of sometimes complex interventions, unique pressures have also
developed. The purpose of this article is to review pertinent information relating
to how these additional pressures can metamorphose into specific conditions
such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The prevalence of this and other
debilitating conditions such as depression and anxiety specific to the ambulance
service is reflected upon, whilst existing support from the ambulance service
is examined. By broadening both knowledge and confidence relating to this
increasingly significant problem, formulation of our own local improvements can
take place in the near future.

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