Dr. Nitin Tarale
During the COVID-19 pandemic, ICU staff have encountered significant challenges that may have had an impact on their mental health. The purpose of this study is to determine the prevalence of mental health disorders among ICU personnel in nine English hospitals between June 2020 and July 2020. Staff members were given an anonymous, brief web-based survey that included standardised surveys probing for signs of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), general well-being, and alcohol use. Significant numbers of ICU staff, particularly nurses, showed signs of likely mental health disorders and suicidal ideation. These findings highlight the requirement for a national approach to safeguard the mental health and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment of ICU staff as they perform their crucial work during COVID-19. More research is needed to fully understand the true extent of clinical need among ICU staff.
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