The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) has published a report on burnout syndrome that gives critical care healthcare professionals guidance on mitigating the development of burnout syndrome and calls for initiating research to examine ways to prevent as well as treat burnout syndrome.
After you have read the report, join the conversation on Twitter using #StopICUBurnout.
Burnout syndrome is a state of emotional, mental and physical exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged stress. This exhaustion is typically work-related and is triggered by discrepancies between the expectations and the actual requirements of the job. Burnout syndrome has become a common worldwide phenomenon, especially among members of high-stress professions, such as firefighters, police officers, teachers and all types of health care professionals. As it stands, critical care healthcare professionals have one of the highest rates of burnout syndrome, with nearly half of the workforce exhibiting symptoms.
You are encouraged to read this Critical Connections article that delineates the nuances of ICU burnout.
The CCSC consists of four major U.S. professional and scientific societies with an interest in critical care, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).