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How to let each other know that a fellow medic has died and process the death collectively


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When a friend and colleague suddenly passed away, Ginger Locke, reached out to Christa Stedman, Austin-Travis County EMS public information officer (PIO) to discuss how to share the tragic news with fellow medics.

In this episode of The Medic Mindset Podcast, Stedman and our host, Ginger Locke, BA, NRP, sort through the thought-process about sharing tragic news and how to collectively process when one of our EMS family dies.

Stedman outlines guidelines on delivering the right information, to the right people, at the right time, in the right way.

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The Medic Mindset podcast is created and hosted by Ginger Locke, BA, NRP. As an associate professor of EMS Professions at Austin (TX) Community College, she has immersed herself in the art and science of how medics think and perform. In interviews with medics and subject-matter experts, she thoughtfully explores the inner-workings of the minds of medics. Prior to becoming a paramedic, she studied social psychology at the University of Georgia and the University of Leicester, UK. Her professional endeavors revolve around the conviction that the most important and complicated tool in EMS in the brain of the medic.