Healthcare Workers Physically and Mentally Drained, What Does This Mean in Terms of Patient Care

Why does one enter the health care field? Very often the answer is simple: care and compassion, a drive to improve the lives of those sick or injured. Every day health care workers throughout the country go above and beyond to serve their patients, but unfortunately a new study shows hospital management frequently fails their staff by neglecting basic human needs.

A survey distributed to 257 Registered Nurses by Kronos Inc., a provider of digital workplace solutions, found:

  • 63% of respondents experienced burnout from their jobs
  • 70% of night-shift nurses reported they had a one point or another driven home drowsy
  • 20% reported their employers did not offer a fatigue management program
  • 42% of respondents reported they were unable to take break during shifts to eat lunch or dinner

It is disheartening to hear the reality of the day to day struggles that many nurses face, and concerning to consider that individuals making crucial medical decisions could easily make an error due to fatigue or other issues- issues that could be prevented if hospital management updated their polices. Below are examples of common, preventable medical errors:

Surgical errors
Failure to diagnose
Improper or incorrect medical tests
Negligent amputations
Cancer misdiagnosis
Birth injuries
Improper blood transfusions
Delay in treatment or diagnosis
Prescription dosage errors
Anesthesia errors
Failure to follow protocols

If you or a loved one suffered due to medical negligence contact us today.