August 16, 2019

EMS1: How wearable tech can help monitor first responders’ health

Around 84 percent of first responders have experienced a traumatic incident while on the job. While some lose sleep over it, the health of others may suffer in different ways.

The stress of being the first one on an accident scene and witnessing raw distress and destruction has a way of compounding into long-term negative effects for first responders. Whether the work is physically demanding, like battling a wildfire or carrying people out of a burning building, or mentally taxing, like performing life-saving aid to victims in a mass casualty event, first responders go through an inordinate amount of wear, tear and stress over the course of their careers. First responders who are continuously exposed to traumatic situations face a greater risk of suffering from PTSD, anxiety, depression and heart attacks.

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