Half ICU workers suffering mental health issues
Almost half of ICU staff are suffering from PTSD, depression, alcoholism or anxiety whilst working through the coronavirus pandemic.
A recent survey was gathered from nine intensive care wards across England of which 700 healthcare staff took part in between June and July 2020.
During the first wave it showed 45% of staff were clinically diagnosed with one of the following conditions: post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), severe anxiety and depression, or a drinking dependency.
One in eight workers said they had experienced suicidal thoughts or thoughts of harming themselves within the two weeks previous to answering the survey.
The study by King’s College London, found poor mental health was more common among nurses than doctors or health workers on the ICU wards.
Dame Donna Kinnair, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), described how nurses had been left feeling as if they have ‘no fuel left in the tank’ while caring for Covid patients.
She added: “Their resilience is being seriously tested. Nursing staff need help now to deal with unimaginable levels of anxiety and stress”
There are now 50% more coronavirus patients in UK hospitals than in April, with Prof Chris Whitty saying this week that the health service faces its worst month of the pandemic.
Online and over the phone help is now being offered for staff struggling with this pressure however many believe this is not enough
Resources through crisis help lines are limited.
All NHS staff want to deliver the highest standard of care to all patients but are being faced with ethically challenging situations everyday which puts strain on anyone’s health.