Mankuni Training and Conferencing will be hosting a one-day Fatigue Management for Healthcare Practitioners workshop to help health service managers successfully implement a fatigue risk management plan in their healthcare organisations.
According to the organisers, the workshop, which will take place on 11th April 2018 at the Garden Court in Eastgate, Johannesburg will help healthcare organisations in assessing the risks of fatigue in their healthcare staff and rolling out hospital-wide fatigue management systems.
The South African healthcare workforce, especially doctors and theatre nurses, endure long working hours which often deprives them of sufficient sleep and body rest. Sleep deprivation and fatigue increase the risk of medication errors, needle stick injuries and adverse patient outcomes. The stress of sleep deprivation also contributes to absenteeism and employee turnover.
In 2016, a medical intern, Dr IIne Markwat, lost her life in a car accident after falling asleep behind the wheel of her vehicle following a 36 hour shift. This case prompted medical organisations to revisit their company policies on fatigue management. With the contribution of the Junior Doctors of South Africa (JUDAS), the Safe Working Hours campaign was created to highlight the plea of sleep deprivation among healthcare workers.
This growing awareness of the risks of fatigue in the healthcare industry has led to many healthcare institutions undertaking a fatigue risk assessment and implementing a fatigue risk management plan.
The upcoming Fatigue Management for Healthcare Practitioners workshop will be facilitated by a Certified Professional Ergonomist at ErgoFocus, Esmeralda Kerlen, who will be joined by Healthcare Risk Consultant, Dr & Adv Obed Mphofu.
“The impact of fatigue on healthcare workers can never be underestimated. The solution lies in developing policies and systems that seek to avert adverse healthcare errors due to human failure. Hence, at this workshop, practitioners will engage with a view of creating awareness and designing proper work shift schedules that will prevent healthcare errors due to fatigue,” said Kerlen.
During the session, Kerlen will address fatigue risk management, shift work and night shift work. Furthermore, she will assist delegates in formulating a Fatigue Management Risk System as well as policy design, which can be tailor-made according to individual organisations both in the public and private sector.
“It will be critical for healthcare providers to attend as they will analyse their current organisational policies on fatigue management, in an effort to redesign identified weak areas. Thus, health services managers will emerge from the workshop better suited to implement controls that are most effective in their workplace,” concluded Kerlen.