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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a comprehensive, multi-component crisis intervention approach.

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WHAT IS CISM?

What is a Critical Incident?

A critical incident is a traumatic event so stressful that it overwhelms existing coping skills of an individual or a group. After being exposed to the critical incident, a person may experience a range of reactions that can interfere with his or her ability to function. Some examples are physical, cognitive, and behavioral.

Critical Incidents Include:

  • Mass casualty incident

  • Death or violence to a child

  • Death of co-worker

  • Workplace violence

  • Suicide

  • Natural disasters

  • Traffic accidents

  • Life threatening injury

Stress Reactions May Include:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle tremors
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Confusion
  • Poor attention
  • Inhibited problem-solving​
  • Nightmares 
  • Anxiety 
  • Poor work performance
  • Inappropriate withdrawal
  • Increased absenteeism