23 Jun 2023

Traumatic events at work

Working in critical care, staff are often exposed to stressful events.

A staff member is likely to experience that event as traumatic if they felt overwhelmed or under threat or witnessed this sense of threat to others.

About 1 in 4 to 6 of individuals who experience a potentially traumatic event go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the estimated UK prevalence is 3%. Most individuals recover with time.