SAR/MOUNTAIN RESCUE

The resources listed below have been written by, for, or relate to SAR/Mountain Rescue operations in regard to stress injuries.

Introduction to Stress Injury - A short video 

This 7-minute video explains stress injury formation with common signs, symptoms and causes

Podcast - Psychological First Aid for Rescuers

 Seattle Mountain Rescue in partnership with Responder Alliance bring four segments on stress injuries for mountainous rescuers. 

Stress Injuries
Principles in Real Time
Sustaining Green
Integrating and Debriefing Stress

Website- Wilderness Psychological First Aid

Psychological First Aid has been integrated into the Wilderness and Austere Context. NOLS Wilderness Medicine has been teaching Psychological First Aid and Stress Injury formation as part of the First Responder and First Aid curriculum for the past 5 years. Stress injuries are now included in the curriculum as part of other wilderness injury types such as head injury, spine injury and chest injury, in need of the same type of remote and improvisational tools. 

Blog - The 5 Components of Psychological First Aid

Wilderness First Responders need to know how to treat physical wounds. But it's also important to keep a patient's mental health in mind. In this blog, Laura McGladery outlines ways that first responders can help care for a patient’s mental health, especially during and right after a traumatic event.

 

Article -  Gripped Magazine: Dealing with Life and Death in Canada's Mountain's

A climbing accident is, by its nature, unexpected. In the duration of the incident, the climbers and then rescue responders are physically at risk. In the months and years that follow, everyone involved, including the survivors’ and rescuers’ loved ones remain vulnerable to psychological and emotional effects of the accident.

Article -  Outside Magazine: Life, Death, and PTSD as a Ranger in the Tetons 

 “If you only see death in the mountains, then you’ll never go there.” – Will Gadd A ranger explores the juxtaposition of being a ranger in an environment that brings such joy and can have such lasting consequences. 

 Wilderness EMS Textbook - Chapter 10: Psychology First Aid and Stress Injuries 

 Stress Injuries are now gaining recognition as climbing, ski mountaineering, and expedition injury types with Psychological First Aid as an accessible set of tools to be used in the remote setting to mitigate and reduce injuries that have high likelihood to cause significant psychological injury for the affected person. 

Podcast - Psychological and Stress Injury in Wilderness EMS

In this episode of The Disaster Podcast, Laura McGladery shares the five methods to help manage a survivor of a wilderness stress situation and reestablish safety. They are: Create a sense of safety in the scene, Create calm, Create a sense of self-efficacy, Create connection to family and loved ones, Create hope that the situation will resolve.

Podcast - The Avalanche Hour - Episode 5.2 with Laura McGladery

We start out episode 5.2 by hearing an update from the A3 Executive Director, Dan Kaveney. Dan talks about what is new for A3 in the 20/21 season. We then dive into a great talk with Laura McGladrey. Laura is a family and psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who specializes in emergency medicine, mental health, and traumatic stress. She is a veteran NOLS instructor, is embedded on a couple ski patrols, works with high level search and rescue groups in national parks, and is an avid outdoor recreator. We talk about what factors can contribute to what are known as Stress Injuries and how we can better detect and deal with them. This can certainly be a tough subject to broach, but Laura does a great job in breaking it down. There are some other resources noted in the episode that are referenced below. Music on this episode by Chris Kaplinski and Ketsa.

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