We usually think of PTSD as something you develop if you go to war, are sexually assaulted or suffer a similar emotional trauma. Instead, it may be as common, or more common, in ICU patients as soldiers, but it’s something that many doctors — including psychiatrists — don’t fully appreciate
The world of a patient confined to critical care is small, and has now been shown to be traumatically frightening as well. That being the the case, I’d say it that it’s clear that the builders of that small world are the in the primary position to fight any trauma that might occur. That’s a serious responsibility.