Key Takeaways

  • First and foremost, support your residents. Make sure that the various resources they need for their well-being are available. We have to recognize that, like all providers, they can be secondary victims of the trauma. We have demonstrated evidence for the risk of developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and major depression after an event such as this. Recognize that ongoing psychosocial support is needed.
  • Second, include them. Include them in the training and planning needed to prepare your hospital for a major event. Have them involved in trauma training and disaster management. Make sure they get adequate trauma exposure if able and have them participate in drills and simulation.
  • Lastly, make sure they get the credit they deserve. They work very hard for the people in their communities and events such as these can have profound effects on them. Make sure that they, the hospital and the community know they are essential members of the team.