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October 2017
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Harvard study assesses surgeon as second victim

Editor's Note Intraoperative adverse events (iAEs) occur often and have a significant negative impact on surgeons’ wellbeing, this study finds. Barriers to transparency include fear of litigation and absence of a well-defined reporting system. A survey was conducted of all surgeons at three major teaching hospitals connected with the Harvard…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 18, 2017
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Effect of shift-related sleep deprivation on heart function

Editor's Note Twenty-four hour, shift-related, short-term sleep deprivation leads to a significant increase in cardiac contractility, blood pressure, heart rate, and stress hormone secretion, finds this study presented December 2 at the Radiological Society of North America's annual meeting. The study included 20 healthy radiologist volunteers. Their heart function was…

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By: Judy Mathias
December 6, 2016
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Half of physicians dissatisfied

Editor's Note A new survey by The Physicians Foundation finds that half of physicians have reached a tipping point and plan to retire, cut back on work hours, or seek nonclinical roles. Physicians identified regulatory/paperwork burdens and loss of autonomy as the primary sources of their dissatisfaction. Nearly 60% say…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 11, 2016
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Researchers identify interventions for physician burnout

Editor's Note In this meta-analysis, Mayo Clinic researchers identify solutions that are being used to prevent or lessen physician burnout. Effective individual-focused strategies include mindfulness training, stress management training, and small group sessions. Organizational changes include limiting physician duty hours and a range of care delivery process changes in hospitals…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2016
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New Joint Commission resource center on workplace violence

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on October 4 launched an online resource center to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings. “Workplace Violence Prevention Resources” includes policies, procedures, guidelines, research, case studies, white papers, toolkits, and other material focused on workplace violence prevention and preparedness. The Joint Commission developed the resource…

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By: Judy Mathias
October 5, 2016
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Burnout increases after patient safety incident

Editor's Note Physicians and nurses involved in a patient safety incident experience significant negative outcomes, this study finds. Of 5,788 nurses and physicians analyzed, 9% had been involved in an incident during the prior 6 months. Involvement in a patient safety incident was linked to: a greater risk of burnout…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 15, 2016
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Public wants 16-hour shifts for residents

Editor's Note A total of 86% of general public respondents to a national survey want 16-hour shifts for first-year residents to remain, and 80% support dropping the maximum shift limit for second-year residents and above from 28 hours to 16 hours. The survey was conducted by Public Citizen, an independent…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 14, 2016
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Study: Physicians spend half their time on EHRs, desk work

Editor's Note In this study, researchers found that physicians spent 49.2% of their time during the day on electronic health records and desk work and 27% of their time with patients. In addition, they spent an extra 1 to 2 hours each night during their personal time on EHRs. While…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2016
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Burnout among general surgery residents

Editor's Note A survey of general surgery residents in the US finds high rates of burnout. Of 665 residents surveyed, 69% met the criterion for burnout in at least one of three subscales. Higher rates of burnout on each subscale were reported by residents planning private practice compared with academic…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 25, 2016
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Nurses cuddle pets to relieve stress

Editor's Note To relieve work stress, two nurses at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia helped engineer the hospital’s first Paws for Pennsy event, the July 22 Nurse.Com reports. Nurses and other hospital staff were invited to cuddle, pet, and enjoy the antics of dogs and cats and get much-needed tension relief. About…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 28, 2016
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