Sunday, June 21, 2015

Should Doctors Be Allowed to Nap on the Job?

Most people are aware that physicians can lead hectic lives, with disruption of diurnal sleep cycles resulting in stress, and fatigue.  Many doctors have learned to take a quick nap and return to work, refreshed.  This is not at all uncommon when working 18-20 hours or more. During training it is not uncommon to work 24-36 hour shifts when on call or covering a service on a weekend. Often a physician will nod off involuntarily.

The blogger wrote, ""We are aware that this is a tiring job but doctors are obliged to do their work," wrote the blogger who posted the images. "There are dozens of patients in need of attention." But the doctors didn't take the criticism lying down. When Juan Carlos, a Mexican doctor, heard the story, he created the hashtag #YoTambienMeDormi ("I've also fallen asleep") and tweeted: "I've also fallen asleep after operating on one, two, three and even four patients on any regular shift." Carlos told BBC Trending that he wanted to "expose the differences between the rights of doctors and the rights of patients." the physican went on,  "As a doctor here in Mexico, it's illegal to take a picture of a patient without their prior consent, even if it's for medical purposes. But a patient can take a photo of a doctor with the sole purpose of damaging our reputation."
This particular posting was an act of meanness and attempted to shame a hard working exhausted trainee.

Sleep deprivation can be dangerous to patients as well. In fact regulations were written to prevent resident abuse, liming the total number of h ours a trained can work each week.

A bizarre posting appeared on social media with a hashtag, #YoTambienMeDormi .
There was a 'backlash' on social media, with many relevant comments.
The Latin American doctors argue, however, that they're not being treated as humans with "normal physiological needs", says another Mexican doctor, Marcela Cueva. "And that doesn't mean that we don't take good care of our patients. The problem is that nowadays the doctor-patient relationship has been damaged and social media is part of the reason. Doctors are bashed on some physician grading websites, and also by disgruntled patients on twitter, facebook and other social media websites.
People are more likely to write when they go through bad experiences rather than good ones." 

attributed to: BBC and Doximity
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