PTSD

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...

Nurses answer the call to enhance veteran and military health

Nursing has a long history of caring for wounded soldiers. Perhaps most famously, Florence Nightingale served as chief nurse in the Crimean War (1854). Nightingale was called “The Lady with the Lamp” because she...
Two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, PTSD remains

From our readers: Two years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, PTSD remains

As my family got through the second anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, I have felt the need to share what is happening in the community with my nurse colleagues to show...

PTSD doubles diabetes risk in women

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are nearly twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared with women who don't have PTSD, according to a study in JAMA Psychiatry. Read more  and read...

ICU Diary: The Gift of Care™

As an ICU nurse you’ve probably encountered the critically ill patient who is experiencing hallucinations, delusions, and confusion. Healthcare providers are learning just how detrimental this state of mind can be to the patient’s...

Special report – War on Pain: Pain management across the military continuum

By Kevin T. Galloway, BSN, MHA; Chester C. Buckenmaier III, MD; and Rollin M. Gallagher, MD, MPH In the military healthcare system, the need for aggressive management of acute pain associated with combat injuries and...