Overworked healthcare workers faces over with Mental health issues. Gauri Gupta worked 14 hours a day in the emergency ward of Dehradun hospital as the increase in Covid-19 cases continued to increase the burden on doctors like her across the country. In addition to her struggle to keep her wearing protective equipment (PPE), Gupta has seen patients die without help.
Gupta said that a few weeks ago, a 22-year-old man was admitted as an emergency. Her oxygen level was very low … as a doctor, they always need to feel hopeful and give hope to the patient’s family. Deep down, she knew that he would not be saved, but they did not give up. They gave him everything he needed, but they could not save him. She also said that when she had to reveal the news, she was nervous and had to prepare myself mentally to talk to her mother, who had high hopes. She was devastated when she told her mother and locked herself in her room, she also said that she felt worthless because of her failures.
PPEs have added to the plight of health care workers as mercury continues to rise above 40 degrees C in many parts of the country. She said that the PPE kit is extremely warm as a result of which she have broken her nose and mouth. … she was menstruating for the first time in a PPE kit … she said that she could feel the blood coming into her PPE kit, because they usually have one tea that is prescribed by one doctor a day … ”
Gupta also said that said she felt extremely disturbed, anxious and uncomfortable. She could also smell the stench of blood and feel it sticking to her legs because of the sweat. After a 14-hour shift, she first ran home being very upset.
Damini Grover, a psychologist who advises, said the consequences of such traumatic experiences are real. He also added that they can lead to long-term problems such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, emotional instability, panic attacks or depression. Grover said many doctors could always work with guilt and doubt as the second wave of the epidemic broke out. He also added that treating doctors as human beings is very important as they see the deaths of many people every day. He said that the long-term impact of the trauma doctors are currently experiencing will have a profound effect on their personalities and lives.
Subin Varghese, head of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi, said earlier this year, controlling the spread of the disease was making people less aware. He said that he saw people not wearing masks or wearing them inappropriately, and likewise both the government and the state government did not plan.
Varghese said it was disturbing to see patients die due to a lack of oxygen cylinders or ICU beds. He said that there are times when you know that if he had an oxygen cylinder or a bed, he would be able to save a patient, and that would make him feel hopeless. Varghese said that as health workers, they do not have time to mourn the death of a patient, because you have five other patients to take care of. He focuses on his best to save those five. He said that his workplace has been very supportive of him by giving each employee additional compensation for each change but the grief of death and suffering that he have seen for over a year now has left him numb.
Varghese said there were days when he could not sleep thinking about unsaved people.