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Resilience Training, Bad Gowns, and Telehealth’s Effects


 

Resilience Training Could Help Stressed-Out Healthcare Workers
Feeling overwhelmed at work? A recent study looked at a program that shows promise for struggling healthcare workers.

The program, adapted specifically for healthcare workers, offers skills-based training designed to mitigate stress and build resilience in situations of elevated stress.

How it started: The baseline scores found low levels of perceived resilience, moderate levels of stress and anxiety, and high levels of burnout/exhaustion.

How it’s going: Scores of resilience increased by a mean of 1.74 points, stress decreased by a mean of 2.4 points, anxiety was down by 2.04, and burnout/exhaustion dropped by 0.37.


 

Widely Used Hospital Gowns Carry Exposure Risks
Disposable hospital gowns — used in thousands of US hospitals owing to the pandemic — fall short of safety standards, new research finds.

The peer-reviewed study found that the gowns rip easily and allowed four to 14 times the expected amount of liquid to seep through when splashed or sprayed.

Looking forward: Hospitals may consider reusable isolation gowns owing to supply chain shortages and uncertainties with quality when it comes to disposable gowns.

Reusable gowns can be laundered around 75 times and have been reported to offer at least the same amount of protection as disposable gowns (while also avoiding supply chain issues).


 

Telemental Health Services Have Lasting Results
People with serious mental illness (SMI) who use telehealth services often increase clinical visits and have better follow-up after hospitalization, according to new research.

Patients with SMI who live in nonmetropolitan US counties have been increasingly using telemental visits, and clinicians anticipate that the popularity will continue after the pandemic. Currently there is a temporary suspension in Medicare rules that restrict telehealth, use and it is being debated whether the suspension should be permanent.

Bottom line: “Telemedicine doesn’t address the national shortage of providers, but it definitely helps in underserved areas [and] rural areas,” said co-investigator Haiden Huskamp, PhD.

Kaitlin Edwards is a staff medical editor based in New York City. You can follow her on Twitter @kaitmedwards. For more news, follow Medscape on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

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