As someone on the front line of patient care, I know one thing to be absolutely true: left unchecked, the stress nurses face on a daily basis in providing care for others can severely impair their mental and physical well-being.
For many years, effectively managing post-surgical pain for patients has taken the form of a prescription for an opioid. The dose and the duration are based on general dosing guidelines, clinical outcome data and patient feedback about their pain.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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