Relationship between Stress Perceived and Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Intensive Care Nurses During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-Sectional Study

2022 ◽  
Vol 8 (4) ◽  
pp. 217-230
Tuğba Menekli ◽  
Runida Doğan ◽  
Erman Yıldız

The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between perceived stress and gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms during the COVID-19 outbreak in the intensive care unit (ICU) nurses. This cross-sectional study was conducted with 170 nurses working in the ICUs of a hospital in eastern Turkey. Descriptive, chi-square and multiple linear regression analyses were used to analyze data. In the last three months, 48.2% of the nurses had complaints such as heartburn, 44.1% abdominal distension, 41.7% diarrhea/ constipation. The mean perceived stress level experienced by the nurses was found to be 29.30±5.73. Results from regression analysis included perceived stress score, gender, perceived health status, diet, having been infected with COVID-19 before and risk degree of the ICU in question in terms of COVID-19 revealed a statistically significant associated with scores obtained from GI symptoms. Perceived stress level, health perception status, having been infected with COVID-19 before and the high-risk status of the intensive care unit in question for COVID-19 were predictive factors for the occurrence of gastrointestinal symptoms. These findings may provide a basis for creating a healthy work environment where factors contributing to work-related stress are reduced and coping strategies are developed. Keywords: gastrointestinal symptoms, intensive care, nurses, stress

2020 ◽  
Vol 35 (2) ◽  
pp. 100-104
Maksudur Rahman ◽  
Mohammad Abdullah Al Mamun ◽  
MAK Azad Chowdhury ◽  
Abu Sayeed Munsi

Background: Recently it has been apprehended that sildenafil, a drug which has been successfully using in the treatment of PPHN and erectile dysfunction in adult, is going to be withdrawn from the market of Bangladesh due to threat of its misuses. Objective: The aim of this study was to see the extent of uses of sildenafil in the treatment of PPHN and importance of availability of this drugs in the market inspite of its probable misuses. Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted in neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), special baby care unit (SCABU) and cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) of Dhaka Shishu (Children) Hospital from June, 2017 to May 2018. Neonates with PPHN were enrolled in the study. All cases were treated with oral sildenefil for PPHN along with others management according to hospital protocol. Data along with other parameters were collected and analyzed. Results: Total 320 patients with suspected PPHN were admitted during the study period. Among them 92 (29%) cases had PPHN. Male were 49(53 %) cases and female were 43(47%) cases. Mean age at hospital admission was 29.7±13.4 hours. Based on echocardiography,13(14%) cases had mild, 38 (41%) cases moderate and 41(45%) cases severe PPHN. Mean duration of sildenafil therapy was 11.9±7.1 days. Improved from PPHN were 83 (90%) cases. Mortality was 10% (9). Conclusion: In this study it was found that the incidence of PPHN is 29% among the suspected newborns. Sildenafil is successfull in improving the oxygenation of PPHN and to decrease the mortality of neonates. DS (Child) H J 2019; 35(2) : 100-104

2021 ◽  
Vol 7 (4) ◽  
pp. 318-319
Laura Herranz ◽  
Juliana Gurgel da Silveira ◽  
Luis Filipe Lannes Trocado ◽  
Anna Luiza Alvaraes ◽  
Juliana Fittipaldi

Jennifer L. van Helmond ◽  
Brittany Fitts ◽  
Jigar C. Chauhan

AbstractThe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and related community mitigation measures had a significant psychosocial impact. We suspected that more patients were admitted to our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) for toxic ingestions since the start of the pandemic. We therefore investigated if PICU admissions related to toxic ingestions were higher in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 compared with previous years. We completed a cross-sectional study at a tertiary children's hospital comparing admissions to our PICU between April 2020 and October 2020, during which COVID-19 and community mitigation measures were in place, to those during the same 7-month period in the previous 3 years. Total PICU admissions, admissions for all toxic ingestions (intentional ingestions and accidental ingestions), and demographic and clinical characteristics of patients were compared. Total PICU admissions in 2020 during COVID-19 pandemic months were lower compared with the same months in the preceding 3 years (−16%, p< 0.001), however, admissions for toxic ingestions were higher during COVID-19 (+64%, p< 0.001). When separated by type, intentional (+55%, p = 0.012) and accidental ingestions (+94%, p = 0.021) were higher during COVID-19. COVID-19 with community mitigation measures has led to an increase in PICU admissions for intentional and accidental ingestions, indicating an increase in severity of toxic ingestions in children associated with the pandemic. Mental health of adolescents, and safety of infants and toddlers in their home environment, should be targeted with specific interventions in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

2019 ◽  
Vol 132 (10) ◽  
pp. 1208-1211 ◽  
Yang Gao ◽  
Zhi-Dong Qi ◽  
Rui-Jin Liu ◽  
Hai-Tao Liu ◽  
Qiu-Yuan Han ◽  

2020 ◽  
Vol 13 (11) ◽  
pp. 1639-1644 ◽  
Awad Al-Omari ◽  
Waad N. Alhuqbani ◽  
Abdul Rehman Z. Zaidi ◽  
Maha F. Al-Subaie ◽  
Alanoud M. AlHindi ◽  

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