Sleepy docs a liability for hospitals


    Liability ?....Well.....duh!
    Last edit by Jo Anne on Jan 13, '05
  2. 6 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    How about them being a danger to the patients as well? I doubt someone awake for 24hrs can provide effective care...
  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Anyone unsafe to drive is unsafe for diagnosis and critical thinking.

    I recently had an MD order a rectal suppisitory for sudden frank blood in urine (from a Foley).

    How about H&H, APTT? The patient was on a Heparin drip. Answer, "Whatever you want. What time is it?"
    3:30 am.

    Doesn't New York have a law limiting the hours of interns and residents?
  5. by   URO-RN
    Airline pilots can't fly after a certain # of hours....:uhoh21:
  6. by   wam79
    Quote from Jo Anne
    Airline pilots can't fly after a certain # of hours....:uhoh21:
    And truck drivers can't drive after so many hours:uhoh21:
  7. by   Thunderwolf
    I remember a doc being so tired he used to fall asleep writing his progress note. It sort of looked like this:

    The patient is a 45 year old white male who presents with blah blah, then converting into a grocery list such as bacons, milk, lettuce for the salad blah blah, than turning into a crooked line-------______----___________, then returning to the grocery list, then back to clinical patient data that he was trying to write about in the first place.
    It brought a chuckle out of the nurses then because there it was in black and white.
    The man always looked tired.
  8. by   URO-RN
    Does anyone remember an episode from "E.R.", where one female surgeon got into trouble with the board and when she tried to challenge the status quo, the big honchos just brushed her off...calling it "tradition"?.