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defusing

de·fuse·ing

/diˈfyo͞oz iNG/

Noun

A critical incident stress management intervention, this is an intervention that is a shorter, less formal version of a debriefing. It is designed to stabilize people affected by the incident so that they can return to their normal routines without unusual stress. It generally lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, but may last longer. Defusing is best conducted within one to four hours after a critical incident. It is not usually conducted more than 12 hours after the incident.