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Fatigue 

Fatigue
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Fatigue
Author(s):

Michael Keane

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199366149.003.0006
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date: 05 December 2020

Fatigue can significantly impair healthcare providers, potentially increasing the possibility of an adverse event. The study of fatigue incorporates concepts from neuroscience, dynamic systems, human factors, and risk management, and relates these elements to circumstances faced by all healthcare professionals. An understanding of the circadian rhythm can help physicians and administrators to develop shift strategies that mitigate the effects of fatigue on human performance. Strategies such as duty-hour limits, “power naps,” and judicious use of caffeine can all help providers who must work at night or during extended shifts.

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