What is it about?
Sudden deaths of babies and children are relatively rare events, which means competence and confidence in dealing with them is hard for those responding to them, including police officers, ambulance staff, and professionals working in the emergency department etc. This paper explores how responders experience these situations, and how they deal with the challenges they face as part of their professional role.
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Why is it important?
The emotional wellbeing of emergency service workers is an increasing concern for employers and organisations who support them. This paper draws on previous studies, creating a meta-synthesis, that expands our understanding of how professionals experience and deal with the emotional challenges of responding to the sudden deaths of babies and children. It identifies a number of factors that define the experience, as well as making recommendations on how responders can be supported. We hope that this increases the support that responders receive, and that this leads to improvements in the support of parents and families of children who die suddenly.
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This page is a summary of: The Role and Experiences of Responders Attending the Sudden or Unexpected Death of a Child: A Systematic Review and Meta-Synthesis, Illness Crisis & Loss, January 2022, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/10541373221075300.
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