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Adult nursing
Intensive care nurses should seek to identify those patients at risk of developing post-traumatic stress syndrome
  1. Leah Hughes1,
  2. Joanne Michelle McPeake2
  1. 1Intensive Care Unit, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, UK
  2. 2School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  1. Correspondence to Mrs Leah Hughes, Intensive Care Unit, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, G81 4HX, UK; Leah.hughes{at}gjnh.scot.nhs.uk

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Commentary on: Wawer, E. Viprey, M. Floccard, B. Saoud, et al. (2020) Early detection of patients at risk of developing a post-traumatic disorder after an ICU stay. Critical Care Medicine 487(11):1572–9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the immediate post-intensive care unit discharge period may help identify those at risk of developing psychological sequelae.

  • More research is needed into the prevention and identification of PTSD in this population, alongside evaluation of potential interventions.

Context

The long-term consequences of a critical care admission are well established in the literature.1 A common psychological sequelae is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a process triggered by a significant trauma or event in a person’s life, such as critical illness. The documented prevalence of PTSD in critical care survivors varies widely; however, as many …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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