Safety – Healthcare Professionals and Fatigue

Don’t confuse being sleepy with fatigue.  Sleepiness is the tendency to fall asleep where fatigue is an overwhelming sense of tiredness, lack of energy and a feeling of exhaustion associated with impaired physical and/or cognitive functioning.

Fatigue can have major implications on not only your health but also on the safety of your patients.

The impact of fatigue can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • Lapse in attention
  • Inability to stay focused
  • Reduced motivation
  • Confusion
  • Irritability
  • Memory lapse
  • Impaired communication
  • Slowed or faulty information processing
  • Diminished reaction time
  • Indifference and loss of empathy

Here are a few simple ways to fight your fatigue:

  • Get moving – physical activity boosts energy levels
  • Drink plenty of water – dehydration has been shown to decrease alertness and concentration
  • Go to bed early – good sleep habits have important health benefits
  • Pay attention to your time clock- if you have more energy at night, then the night shift could be where you need to be,


Policy – Blood Borne Pathogens

OSHA guidelines require all staff to follow Universal Precautions.  Hospitals are required to provide you with protective barriers to protect yourself from blood borne pathogens.  Always consider any bodily fluid contaminated and protect yourself from it.  Any staff who does not follow Universal Precautions will receive the following penalties:

  1. First Offense – written warning and education
  2. Second Offense – second written warning accompanied by pay deduction
  3. Third Offense – termination

Please see your Healthcare Traveler Handbook for more information. A copy of the Healthcare Traveler Handbook

is available on the Traveler Hub on www.trshealthcare.com






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