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Rekindle your enthusiasm for EMS: Your burnout repair guide
Burnout is a crisis in all healthcare industries, including EMS. To make it better, we will adopt a full participation approach
American surgeon Vivek Murthy and Dr. Glaucomflecken, a social media medical humorist and healthcare provider advocate, discussed the worsening of job burnout in the healthcare sector in a new TikTok video. Although their brief discussion focused on hospital providers, their concerns about burnout and potential solutions also apply to EMS providers.
"During this pandemic, the medical staff were pushed to their limits. You all worked so hard to take care of others. Now it is our turn to take care of you and figure out how to take care of you better," asked Dr. Graukum Flecken After the surgeon can run the dialysis machine, Murtai said, because the hospital lacks nurses and other healthcare providers.
"Well, we want pizza for lunch," Dr. Graukom Flecken replied.
"Free food sounds great, but burnout is a complex issue that requires us to think more broadly about how we can create a curative health care system for patients and medical staff." Muti said. "This includes creating more time to connect with our patients and each other. We also need to move to a more collaborative model of care."
Message about burnout featuring Dr. Vivek Murthy
This is a good sign that when a surgeon, one of the country’s top healthcare leaders, collaborates with TikTok creators to discuss the severity of burnout, possible contributors, and the need for solutions, burnout is being taken seriously . But TikTok video will only attract people's attention, and perhaps some people will also notice it. Reducing improvement requires data and practical actions.
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Since 2018, the EMS Trend Report has been tracking the self-reported burnout level of EMS suppliers. The question is: "Based on your own definition, how would you rate your burnout?"
In 2020 and 2021, less than a quarter (24%) of the respondents chose “I am happy at work and have no symptoms of burnout. In 2021, slightly more than a third of the respondents ( 39%) said, “Less energy and more pressure than before, but they don’t feel exhausted. "
The remaining 2021 respondents self-identified as "I have one or more symptoms of burnout" (25%), "My burnout symptoms have always existed, and I often feel depressed at work" (10%) and "I am completely exhausted And need to seek help or make major changes" (2%).
The results for 2021 are similar to previous years. Another disturbing trend revealed by the EMS trend report is that the level of burnout reported by on-site supervisors is higher than on-site providers or supervisors and managers.
Burnout is not unique to EMS providers. Anyone in any profession may experience burnout, and the World Health Organization lists burnout as an occupational phenomenon in the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
"Exhaustion is a conceptualized syndrome. It is caused by long-term work stress that has not been successfully managed. It is characterized by three dimensions:
Feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion;
Increased psychological distance from work, or negative emotions or cynical feelings related to work; and
Burnout refers specifically to a phenomenon in a professional environment and should not be used to describe experiences in other areas of life. "
Burnout is not the inevitable result of volunteering or working in EMS. This can be prevented and treated. EMS employers and site providers can reduce the occurrence and severity of burnout in the following ways:
Know the signs and symptoms of burnout
Identify and resolve the root causes of job burnout
Proactively make changes to prevent burnout
Early treatment before burnout turns into severe burnout
By now, you may have heard general advice about stress management and avoiding burnout. These things include:
Guarantee 7 hours or more sleep every day
Eat healthy and drink plenty of water
Minimize the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco
Work a fixed schedule and reasonable number of hours per week
If you are already experiencing burnout, even with mild symptoms, become a student of burnout. Apply the same rigor and determination as learning 12-lead ECG interpretation or heart failure treatment to understand burnout. Compared with misreading 12 leads, the emotional loss of working in EMS is more likely to end your career prematurely. If you are exhausted, you are much more likely to make a mistake, get a poor patient satisfaction score, or miss a promotion opportunity.
Here are some ideas to help you start your journey to become a burnout scholar.
Protect family health and interpersonal health, the second episode of EMS1 burnout repair kit series.
How to evaluate and cure interpersonal relationships damaged by stress, introduced by Mike Taigman.
Randolph Mantooth explains how to manage EMS burnout. He is best known for his portrayal of firefighter/paramedic Johnny Gage in "Emergency!"
EMS burnout: try this 4-step treatment, an EMS1 article by Ann Marie Farina
"Sympathetic economics (caring brings different revolutionary scientific evidence)." The author believes that compassion is an antidote to the burnout of healthcare providers. The friendlier we are to patients, the more kindness we will receive.
"Strengthen your stress management in the age of COVID-19." Get tips that can be applied immediately in this book. The author has a good understanding of stress and burnout in EMS.
"All night long with Twitch millionaires: the loneliness and anger of new Internet rock stars." This "Washington Post" profile of a high-income player shows that fame and fortune cannot withstand work-related pressures.
How to prevent, identify and treat burnout in EMS. In this episode of the MCHD podcast, Dr. Remle Crowe discussed the need for flexible and adaptable prevention techniques.
How do you heal the sympathy crisis. Episode 444 of the Freakonomics podcast explores the link between empathy and burnout.
Overcome burnout with authors Emily and Amelia Nagoski. This episode of the Hello Monday podcast explores the causes of burnout and how to overcome it by connecting with others.
What to do when you are exhausted. Jocko Willink discusses how he copes with burnout and how he knows if he needs a break from daily work.
I hope that the EMS situation will not get worse. We must be close to the point where the pendulum will begin to shift towards full staffing, competent leadership, actual cost funding, and appreciation of the community. Share with me the burnout prevention strategies and treatments you find useful in the comments or via email. As a leader, what changes have you made to reduce the risk of burnout in your organization? As a supplier, what do you need from your supervisor or employer to re-energize and reduce cynicism about work? I look forward to hearing from you.
Prior to this, the risk of worsening job burnout was real and significant.
American surgeon Murthy and I said: "We have seen you. We thank you, we support you."
Greg Friese, MS, NRP, is Lexipol Editorial Director, leading the editorial team in Police1, FireRescue1, Corrections1 and EMS1. Greg served as the editor-in-chief of EMS1 for five years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master's degree from the University of Idaho. Since 2005, he is an educator, writer, national registered paramedic and long-distance runner. Greg is the recipient of the 2010 EMS 10 Innovation Award. He is also the three-time Jesse H. Neal Award, the most prestigious award in professional journalism, and the winner of the 2018 and 2020 Eddie Awards for Best Column/Blog Award. Connect with Greg on Twitter or LinkedIn and use this form to submit article ideas or ask questions.
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