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The recently released Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Suicidal Ideation Among State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Public Health Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic, and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) highlight the negative mental health consequences reported by the public health workforce as a result of the prolonged and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the public health response and the unprecedented vaccination campaign.
On May 23, United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy issued a new advisory, the Surgeon General’s Advisory Addressing Health Worker Burnout, highlighting the urgent need to address the health worker burnout crisis across the country. This advisory details recommendations that different stakeholders can take to prevent burnout, improve health worker well-being, and strengthen the Nation’s public health infrastructure.
This article was first published in the Winter 2022 issue of Critical Connections. Experts predict that an intensivist shortage is looming as demand for ICU services increases. We have reached the point where demand has overcome the supply of intensivists.