Study suggests mental health conditions amplified by longer time spent in PPE

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Insomnia was experienced by more than three-quarters of intensive care unit (ITU) staff who took part in a global mental health study during the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic.

The study, published in the British Journal of Nursing, found that out of the 515 health workers surveyed, 78% exceeded the threshold for insomnia.

Meanwhile, 37% of respondents were experiencing depression, and 28% had signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When drawn together, the findings showed that almost half (48%) of participants were dealing with mental health problems at the time of the survey in May 2020.

The participants included more than 300 nurses, 150 doctors, 25 healthcare assistants and 15 physio or occupational therapists from ITU units in the UK, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Egypt and China.

For 60% of those involved in the study, ITU was not their normal area of work but instead had been redeployed to support the increase in demand for critical care during the pandemic.

The study, carried out by Imperial College London, found evidence to suggest that mental health conditions amplified with longer time spent in personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Source: Nursing Times