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Davis (2013) defines a critical incident as an unforeseen death in the daily delivery of care, a grave injury from a shooting or stabbing, or a perceived physical or psychological threat to the health and safety of an individual or community, regardless of the type of incident. Those who experience a critical incident may experience a dramatic and profound change or disruption to their physical and/or psychological functioning. Critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) involve specific techniques that are designed to allow 'first responders' to cope with the physical and physiological effects of traumatic events. Debriefing sessions provide participants with a 'safe place' to express their anger, grief and sorrow related to the events they experienced.
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