Navigation Links
New AMA Tool Empowers Doctors to Work Safer Hours

AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, today launched a unique web-based tool designed to cut the number of doctors //suffering fatigue, and make hospitals safer for patients and doctors.

The AMA’s new Fatigue Risk Assessment website allows doctors to track their work, on-call, recreational, and sleeping hours over a week, and determine whether their work arrangements are placing them at risk of serious fatigue.

In a national survey last year, the AMA discovered close to two-thirds of hospital doctors were at significant or high risk of fatigue due to long unbroken shifts and excessive working hours.

“Unfortunately, fatigue continues to be accepted as a routine part of a hospital doctor’s working life,” Dr Haikerwal said.

“The effect of extreme fatigue on a person’s reaction times, attention and judgement is similar to the effect of alcohol – a comparison that brings home the seriousness of onerous schedules for doctors.

“Fatigue may risk patient safety. In the long term, unrelenting hours can affect doctors’ mental and physical wellbeing, and may put junior doctors off pursuing a career in medicine at a time when Australia needs all the doctors it can get.”

The new website will help hospital doctors quickly and anonymously determine whether they’re at risk of serious fatigue, and obtain a print-out of their risk level, Dr Haikerwal said.

“It empowers doctors, particularly young doctors, to negotiate with hospital management for improved rosters, and ensure patient safety is not endangered by fatigue brought on by excessively long shifts and demanding rosters,” he said.

“Doctors should contact the AMA if they’re concerned about their hospital’s response.”

A serious approach to safe hours is well overdue in the health industry, Dr Haikerwal said.

“Pilots and train drivers are not allowed to work long shifts or push through extreme fatigue, because the y have other people’s lives in their hands when they’re at work,” he said.

“Equally, hospitals have a responsibility to ensure patients receive the best possible care from doctors who are well-rested and alert.

“Sensible, safe rosters benefit patients, doctors and hospitals.”
Source-AMA
SRM
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy
2. Doctors needed urgently in Gujarat
3. Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene
4. Doctors at risk- the ugly side of the noble profession
5. Doctors advice early anemia tests
6. Emphasis to ban Drugs ads by Doctors
7. Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies
8. Gene testing kit specific for Doctors
9. Doctors warned of fluoride toxicity
10. Doctors decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study
11. Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... The ISO 9001 standard ... businesses and organizations become more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. ISO 9001:2015 was released ... own QMS, with a deadline of September 2018. , As described in ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... developed by a neurosurgeon, has received a big bump in sales after ... Booster is currently available on the Wal-Mart Stores-owned Jet.com, StackedNutrtion.com, RonnieColemanNutrition.com, RevNutrition.com ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... ... has agreed to serve as strategic adviser to the animal healthcare division ... of the Bridge Animal Referral Center (BARC) in Edmonds, Washington, which specializes ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... First Choice Emergency ... named Dr. Howard Ng, as the new Medical Director of its Pflugerville- FM 685 ... facility Medical Director of our Pflugerville- FM 685 location,” said Dr. Stephen Van Roekel, ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... ... September 19, 2017 , ... Ron Norman, CEO of Team ... importance of making a distinct rather than generic impression in the job market if ... through a stack of resumes knows that the first impression they give off is ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/6/2017)... SAN ANTONIO , Sept. 6, 2017  Robert ... as a Pinnacle Professional Member in recognition of his ... Dr. Szewc serves as a Nephrologist at the practice ... services, emergency medicine, kidney care and hypertension solutions. He ... over 20 years of career experience, as well as ...
(Date:9/6/2017)...   PDI , a leader in infection prevention ... educational session focused on the role of chlorhexidine gluconate ... the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for ... the Phoenix Convention Center in ... will also feature PDI,s Prevantics® Device Swab ...
(Date:9/6/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , Sept. 6, 2017 Eli ... today it will present new data for galcanezumab and ... Congress of the International Headache Society (IHC) taking place ... Lilly will highlight new, long-term data from ... two doses of galcanezumab (120 mg and 240 mg) ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: