Eryl Zac Maunder, Dale Maguire
International Paramedic Practice, Vol. 7, Iss. 1, 20 Mar 2017, pp 3 - 7

Breaking bad news is one of the most mentally strenuous aspects of a paramedic's job. It is neither clever nor helpful to deny the need for structured emotional support for those delivering frontline services. It would be impossible for paramedics to emotionally prepare for all eventualities, but what can be prepared for is the likelihood that at some point during the day, they will be required to break bad news. Different people have different coping strategies. Developing strategies that are known to work on both an individual and team level can be a tremendous advantage to people working in emotionally challenging roles. As such, there needs to be a mechanisms that guards paramedics against emotional degradation, which is a key occupational hazard.

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