Mental health impact of admission to the intensive care unit for COVID-19

Grace McDonald, Louise L. Clark

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The pandemic caused by Covid-19 has long term ramifications for many, especially those patients who have experienced an intensive care unit (ICU) admission including ventilation and sedation. This paper will explore aspects of care delivery in the ICU regarding the current pandemic and the impact of such on the mental health of some of these patients. Post discharge, patients will be returning to a very different community incorporating social distancing, and in some cases, social isolation and/or shielding. Many may experience a multitude of physical and mental health complications which can ultimately impact upon each other, therefore a bio-psycho-pharmaco-social approach to discharge, case management, risk assessment and positive behavioural support planning is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-530
Number of pages5
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2020


  • Bio-psycho-pharmaco-social approach
  • COVID-19
  • Intensive care unit
  • Mental health
  • Post-intensive care syndrome


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