Our Medical Heroes
According to Webster’s Dictionary a hero can be defined in more than one way
Three of them are:
An illustrious warrior
A person admired for achievements and noble qualities
One who shows great courage
The healthcare worker qualifies for two of the definitions. And as our motto is “Healing the Hero”. 22Zero and its board of directors unanimously voted to include them in our mission on April 3, 2020. This stems from the onset of this global pandemic and a need to help those on our front lines of the pandemic. They will need our services sooner or later and we shall provide them.
As a result of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19 many of our healthcare facilities are becoming overwhelmed. The staffs at these hospitals and clinics are quickly rising to the challenge and this may have a lasting emotional affect for years to come.
On May 8, 2018 it was reported that one doctor commits suicide in the U.S. every day – one of the highest suicide rates of any profession.
Doctors who die by suicide often have untreated or under-treated depression or other mental illnesses, a fact that underscores the need for early diagnosis and treatment, says study researcher Deepika Tanwar, MD, of the psychiatric program at Harlem Hospital Center in New York.
“It’s very surprising” that the suicide rate among physicians is higher than among those in the military, which is considered a very stressful occupation, Tanwar says.
The findings were presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2018 annual meeting.
Nurses are placed between the demands of the patient and the demands of the system simultaneously. When caring for patients, they are exposed to everything from chronic diseases to traumatic situations. Without proper coping mechanisms like a support system to vent to after work, colleagues to share similar feelings with, a stable and supportive home life, the tragedies of their daily work can take its toll on the nurse. A toll that is insidious and may not become evident until a breaking point is reached.