NOON HOUR WEBINAR: Medically Induced Trauma: What Social Workers Need to Know
Presented by Barbara Perkins, MSW, LCSW
The incidence of medically induced trauma has been documented, though is not always addressed in medical or therapy settings. The “lucky to be alive” approach, and concerns about liability, dismiss the reality of the estimated 20-30% of ICU patients that have PTSD. Research with patients who have had heart attacks and stroke, complicated childbirth and gynecological procedures, pediatric patients, ICU stays, and HIV all indicate that PTSD or PTSD symptoms following medical care is a problem that medical social workers and mental health social workers can not only be aware of, but also be on the front end of post hospitalization care, ensuring measures that will help alleviate traumatic reactions and suffering.