On World Sleep Day, which highlights the importance of getting adequate sleep, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) sets out its three-point plan to address the culture surrounding doctor fatigue in hospitals and tackle the problem of excessive fatigue, which is known to impair decision making, with consequences for both doctors and their patients.
The 5th AAGBI Award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain has been awarded to Robert Neighbour and Roger Eltringham, a team from Diamedica (UK) Ltd, assisted by the charity Safe Anaesthesia Worldwide, for their innovative project ‘An oxygen reservoir for use in difficult environments’. This new technology facilitates the storing of oxygen in a reservoir and is suitable for use in low-income countries and remote locations, where standard oxygen cylinders are expensive, difficult to transport and are frequently unavailable.
The AAGBI is aware that at present there are increasing, and at times unprecedented, demands for emergency care at acute hospitals. Extraordinary times may require extraordinary measures, and AAGBI members have been requested to assist in areas outside their normal practice. In addition to a joint statement from the RCoA and AAGBI on the impact of such requests on trainees has been published recently, the AAGBI offers the following advice for consultants and other non-trainee members.
In response to tonight’s reports on the BBC’s The One Show and Inside Out South about doctors driving home after nightshifts, the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) and its committee representing trainee anaesthetist doctors - the Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) - are encouraged to hear about the work done by Dr Farquhar (Sleep Medicine Consultant) and his colleagues at Evelina London Children’s Hospital to educate doctors working in paediatrics about the important issue of fatigue.
Service pressures and the role of anaesthetists in training - Joint statement by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland
The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland (AAGBI) are aware that some anaesthetists in training have been asked to work outside of their usual scope of practice due to recent unprecedented demands on clinical services. We have been in discussion with Health Education England to clarify the situation and agree an approach, and will continue to raise such issues at the highest levels.
The AAGBI’s annual Award for Innovation in Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, which aims to raise awareness among anaesthetists about the importance of innovation in healthcare, has today announced details of the individuals who have been shortlisted for the 2017 Award: