COVID-19 ICU visitation restrictions add to staff stress, burnout, small survey finds

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Strict visitation restrictions in intensive care units had a  negative effect on the job satisfaction of hospital workers, according to a small Medscape survey published Oct. 19.

Ninety-one residents, nurse practitioners and physician assistants working in ICUs in the Emory Healthcare system in Atlanta were surveyed as a part of the study. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Nearly two thirds (64.3 percent) of respondents agreed that visitation restrictions were necessary.

  • Nearly three fourths (71.4 percent) said that the restrictions had a negative effect on their job satisfaction.

  • Slightly more than half (51.8 percent) reported experiencing symptoms of burnout.

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