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Challenges facing psychiatric intensive care during COVID-19: mitigating the risk of transmission on a PICU

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This is the second of five brief reports which document the experience of a London psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) which faced an outbreak of COVID-19 infection relatively early in the pandemic. The aim is to share what was learnt and examine the challenges which lie ahead for psychiatric intensive care services. This article will present how the PICU adapted to the changing landscape with consideration of the COVID-19 infectious window, infection prevention and control protocols and the unique challenges faced by PICU services.
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Keywords: CHALLENGES; COVID-19; INFECTIOUS WINDOW; PSYCHIATRIC INTENSIVE CARE; TRANSMISSION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2020

This article was made available online on June 15, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Challenges facing psychiatric intensive care during COVID-19: mitigating the risk of transmission on a PICU".

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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