The impact of fatigue on the work and lives of trainee anaesthetists

Hello!

Some of you may already be aware of this as it's been publicised on a number of recent platforms including the recent edition of 'The Gas'.

Following the tragic death of an anaesthetic trainee driving home following a busy nightshift, trainee colleagues in Wales have designed a national survey looking into the impact of fatigue on the work and lives of anaesthetists. This issue, and the potential for emerging dangers, were further stressed at the summer ATRG meeting at the college where numerous trainees from around the UK were concerned about the loss of access to on-call facilities and bedrooms.

Although there is ongoing 'survey-fatigue' in itself, this is a really important topic which impacts on trainee AND patient safety, is supported by the AAGBI, GAT and the RCoA, the results of which will help inform a joint programme of work to address the issue. The survey will be open until the end of the year and I would encourage you to complete it: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5NVF8HV.

With a 75% return rate for welsh trainees, the welsh advisory board have already managed to use their data to push through movements to obtain better rest facilities and prevent the loss of bedrooms in their trusts! If there are emerging problems in this area in Scotland, a robust response rate from each of the 4 regions could allow us to do the same. If you have any concerns re. fatigue/rest facilities at your hospital or any other matter, do not hesitate to contact me directly: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks!

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Dr Karen Pearson

ST6 Anaesthesia

Elected Trainee Member RCoA Scottish Advisory Board Ninewells Hospital Dundee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

https://www.rcoa.ac.uk/document-store/the-gas-newsletter-issue-15