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Working in healthcare: Making mistakes and seeking advice
 

Working in healthcare: Making mistakes and seeking advice

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Healthcare professionals are human first and foremost, and are thus not immune to mistakes. Therefore, it is imperative to realise when help is needed, and to ask for it when the necessity arises, especially when still in training.
 
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30 Nov 2016 - General
 
As the saying goes, experience is the best teacher and repeatition is the mother of learning, whether you are a licensed physician or nurse by profession, on will really start from scratch and prone to committing errors. If you're a newbie who just acquired your license, you tend to become exhausted being bombarded of the things and responsibilities being given to you. The most important thing is for you to maintain the spirit of possitivity. Be enthusiastic enough to keep going despite all ...
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Experience is the best teacher. We get educated inside the classroom but we learn through life process. Every doctor has surely made a booboo along the way especially as a medical or senior intern. The important thing with making mistakes is to not sulk but instead learn the lesson. No one should keep their heads down for a mistake as no one is infallible in this field. As for asking for help, it takes humility and maturity to help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness. Instead, it is the m...
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I agree that doctor fatigue may contribute to medical errors. One can easily overlook allergies and drug interactions when one is in a hurry to "dispose" of a patient. Like what was mentioned in the article, sadly this is very common. In our region, a lot of hospitals have workforce problems, and a lot of consultation areas could be understaffed. Aside from long working hours, this also adds to overall staff fatigue. In our institution, there are a number of residents that man the emer...
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It is true about how being fatigued comes with errors. Regarding patient safety the US has adopted the no work beyond 24 hours per shift and not more than 80 hours per week. I agree how that definitely is a good rule to implement but I don't see that being adopted in my area any time soon. For one thing being understaffed is another issue which makes cutting down of hours not feasible. Whenever I am on duty and I get referral from the nurses I take a second to "wake up" and even ha...
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This article has highlighted a very crucial challenge all healthcare professionals encounter at some stage of their career, the fear of making mistakes and what should we do when something goes out of control. In Malaysia, the training period directly after graduation is usually very tough and many trainees get scolded and find themselves very frustrated due to lack of experience. It is totally normal for trainees to make mistakes and learn from them. That is why they are under supervision durin...
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