Critical Care Burnout: Systemic Changes Needed, Not Just Self Care

Tori Rodriguez, MA, LPC, AHC

Burnout was a recognized issue in Critical Care Medicine well before the pandemic began. The Critical Care Societies Collaborative (CCSC) issued a call to action in 2016 to address “Burnout Syndrome” among those in their member societies, which include the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Thoracic Society, American College of Chest Physicians, and American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.1,2

According to the CCSC call to action, “Up to 45% of critical care physicians reported symptoms of severe [burnout syndrome].”1,2

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