In order to provide integrated care it is important for patients and their family members to receive not only medical care but psychological support, too. Emergencies abroad always confront those involved with exceptional circumstances. In order to be able to respond appropriately to the very first signs of stress and trauma, the medical team is reinforced with an experienced emergency psychologist. Swift specialist support can help significantly reduce or even prevent the long-term effects of a traumatic experience.
In acute cases, emergency psychological support can be provided on the telephone or else a support team with psycho-social training is sent to the crisis location. This "psychological first aid" provides support for those affected as well as helping to structure and stabilise the situation.
Our interdisciplinary team of doctors and psychologists is regularly deployed in large-scale disasters involving large numbers of people (e.g. tsunami 2004).