The Center for Disaster Medicine and Traumatology

National Research Center for Traumatology assigned by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare

Performance under stress

The aim of the project is to investigate how well individuals who have undergone training for pre-hospital bleeding control can perform and apply the acquired knowledge in challenging and stressful situations.

The project seeks to answer the following specific questions:

  • How is the performance of civilian laypersons affected by acute stress when performing lifesaving first aid actions?
  • How are professional, civilian rescue personnel affected under the same conditions?

The study is based on previous work by Schreckengaust et al. (2018), who claims that stress has a negative impact on performing pre-hospital bleeding control actions in a military population. The project aims to replicate the study for validation and for generalization of the results in a civilian population of laypersons and professionals.