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Emergency nurses at risk from PTSD

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Two in ten emergency nurses experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being involved in a major disaster, suggests US research.

Two in ten emergency nurses experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being involved in a major disaster, suggests US research.

Almost all do not get any support for stress, they added. They assessed 21 New Orleans nurses after Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The nurses worked in an emergency department 40 miles from the centre of the city.

The authors said 20% of the nurses had symptoms of PTSD and none had been offered critical incident stress management.

They said: 'To combat consequences of long-term effects of PTSD, hospital administrators must offer adequate treatment to employees.'

Journal of Emergency Nursing (2007) www.sciencedirect.com

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