Accession Number:

ADA499202

Title:

Fatigue Impacting Patient Safety: Literature Review and Local Perceptions

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

MARINE CORPS UNIV QUANTICO VA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-07

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

Physicians and nurses must make split-second, critical decisions that often have life or death implications for the patient and the provider. Dr. Sophy Wong recalls the following A third-year Brown medical student, working at the hospital for 26 hours straight, I was paged to assist in an emergency cesarean section. I started to nod off, still holding the retractor. The next thing I remember was water hitting my chest and face. I opened my eyes to see a woman on an operating table and a blue troll-like creature emerging from her abdomen. I screamed. A barrage of curse words escaped from the attending surgeons mouth, reminding me of exactly where I was. Still, they didnt dismiss me. While this particular event did not cause harm to the patient, work exhaustion can be dangerous.

Subject Categories:

  • Stress Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE