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Burnout leads to patient injuries and deaths

| Sep 28, 2018 | Doctor Errors |

One thing that is interesting to know about is when doctors understand their mistakes and confess to them. Admitting to making serious or fatal errors is not easy, but it can help people learn from the mistakes that were made.

Knowing what can go wrong is one step closer to being able to prevent those problems in the future. For example, a doctor who admits to seeing too many patients points out a serious issue among many hospital staff members: burnout.

When you see so many patients that you’re on a time crunch and can’t remember who you saw that day, it’s a reflection on the intense nature of the medical profession. It also shows that having more help and better communication could assist medical providers in getting more done without becoming exhausted.

In 2018, it was reported that over half of all medical professionals are “burnt out,” according to a national survey. Those individuals, exhausted from long shifts and a lack of sleep, regular food or exercise, are more likely to make medical errors that result in injuries and the loss of life.

Of the 6,700 clinic physicians and hospital physicians polled about medical errors, around 10 percent admitted to making mistakes of a significant nature in the last three months. This led to the conclusion that those who are suffering from emotional and physical exhaustion are around twice as likely to make medical mistakes.

Burnout is a significant problem for doctors, but as a patient, you have a right to appropriate treatment. If you’re hurt, you can still make a claim, regardless of the physician’s health or state of mind.

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