PTSD

Children and post-traumatic stress disorder

Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. Takeaways: Any child exposed to a traumatic event can experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Children’s symptoms can be very different from those of adults. Early symptom recognition and treatment...
COVID-19 mental health

Easing the psychological impact of COVID-19 for nurses

Nurses are at the forefront of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, providing life-saving care for affected patients. Psychological distress can be significant for nurses and other healthcare workers who provide direct care for...
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Simulation for suicide prevention training

A unique approach to large group training. Takeaways: Twenty veterans die by suicide each day. The preferred method of learning by most adults is simulation. Micro-training learning occurs in several minutes to 1 hour. According to...

Who will care for society’s forgotten?

Editor's note: Theresa is a frequent contributor to the New York Times (NYT), and recently authored an Op-Ed on an issue that affects the public at large and the broader health care community. She covers...

Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic Research

In early September 2019, Johns Hopkins opened its new Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research, which explores the use of psychedelics on brain function, memory, and the brain’s biology. The center explores the use of...

Sepsis beyond the hospital

Nurses are on the frontline of preventing sepsis in the community. Takeaways  Nurses who work in community settings play a significant role in sepsis education and public awareness.  Most sepsis cases originate in the community.  ...

Nurses and PTSD: Combine professional care with self-care

Is it really any surprise that one in four nurses will experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sometime during their careers? You work with patients when they’re at their most vulnerable and fragile, struggling to...
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Optimizing the ABCDEF bundle

Tips for overcoming challenges Takeaways: Post-intensive care syndrome has long-term negative consequences for patients and families. The ABCDEF bundle is an evidence-based strategy designed to reduce the pattern of oversedation and prolonged mechanical ventilation...

Families and post-intensive care syndrome

Post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) is defined as new or increased physical, cognitive, or mental health impairment in a patient after hospitalization in a critical care unit. Similarly, post-intensive care syndrome-family (PICS-F) refers to new or increased cognitive or mental health impairment in family members after a loved one is hospitalized in a critical care setting.

Helping nurses cope with postcode stress

Understanding how nurses cope following the death of a patient after CPR may help identify nurses most at risk for postcode stress and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to new research published in the American...

Helping patients who harm themselves

Why would someone deliberately hurt herself? The notion might seem odd—but as a nurse, you may encounter patients with signs of selfinjury (also called cutting, selfinflicted violence, self-harm, or self-mutilation). Cutting the skin is the most common form of self-injury. Other forms include...

Trigeminal nerve stimulation may help PTSD

According to a study in Neuromodulation, external stimulation of the trigeminal nerve resulted in significant improvements posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression severity over 8 weeks. Read more and read the study abstract

Avoidance decision-making style can lead to PTSD in families of ICU patients

Family members who make major medical decisions for relatives in an ICU may suffer posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they cope by avoiding the situation, according to a study in Critical Care Medicine. Read...