Sumary of Emergency-room physicians are treating a new wave of gun-trauma patients while still dealing with COVID burnout:
- Exhausted emergency-room providers are now dealing with the fallout from rising gun violence.
- One physician told Insider he’d seen a 40% rise in gunshot victims in the ER compared with 2020. The increase in gun violence comes with hospitals struggling to maintain adequate staffing.
- Mitchell said the increase in gun violence came with hospitals already struggling to maintain adequate staffing.
- Nurses and care staff took leaves of absence or left for new jobs because of the strain that the pandemic took on them, leaving emergency rooms with fewer workers to treat an increasing number of gunshot victims.
- ” Physicians said emergency-room staff members and administration should take notice of workers’ mental health during periods of trauma.
- shapecharge/Getty Images Physicians’ ‘I can deal with this’ attitude only goes so farBoth Dark and Mitchell emphasized the need for healthcare workers to seek help while continuing to face trauma on the job.