Worker fatigue and its direct impact on patient safety

May 28, 2014

Research shows that a tired workforce leads to poor patient care, although many facilities have yet to embrace the importance of this issue.
 
A recent webinar featuring Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, executive vice president of customer relations at The Joint Commission, pointed out safety implications associated with fatigue and addressing ways in which hospitals can confront this problem in their own facility.
 
Among the biggest concerns are workers that may be coming to work under the influence of certain drugs or alcohol, workers who burn out from working excessive amounts of overtime or long shifts to get the work week over with quicker, and those who don’t leave after their shift because they are chatting or trying to get paperwork done.
 
This is an excerpt from an article in the upcoming June issue of Patient Safety Monitor Journal.
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