Thursday, May 9, 2013

Safety Experts: Hospitals Lacking In Doc Substance Abuse Policies

We've BTDT for half a decade on 'Mentally Ill' Doctors being Exempt from being Incurably slimed with their own Psychiatric Co-workers, . . . slime. And as Ms Caramenico's report illustrates, virtually Nothing has been done about these Drunks and Dopers whose inebriated performance doesn't just pose a Psychiatric Ideation of harm to other people, it actually Kills Them.

Fierce Healthcare has;
Safety Experts: Hospitals Lacking In Doc Substance Abuse Policies
May 9, 2013 | By 

All hospitals should randomly test physicians for drug and alcohol use to enhance patient safety, according to a recommendation from two Johns Hopkins physicians and patient safety experts in a commentary published online recently in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Unlike employees in other high-risk industries--such as airlines, nuclear power or railways--physicians aren't tested for alcohol and other drugs following a sentinel event, the commentary notes.
However, physicians tend to have a higher rate of alcohol and drug abuse than the general public, Sherry Franklin, M.D., president of the San Diego Medical Society, told NBC San Diego in March. 

The high demands of medical school, residency and medical practice can often lead to burn-outdepression and anxiety, which can contribute to substance abuse, 

FiercePracticeManagementpreviously reported. 
In Fact,15 percent of surgeons suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence, according to a February 2012 study in the Archives of Surgery.

Given the prevalence of alcoholism among doctors, the patient safety experts also call on hospitals to implement mandatory physical examination, drug testing or both before appointment to the hospital medical staff.

They also recommend routine drug-alcohol testing for all physicians involved in a sentinel event leading to patient death, as well as creating a national hospital regulatory body comprised of hospitals and their affiliated physicians to conduct adverse event analysis and drug testing.

Such policies could eliminate quality of care issues and expenses related to employee substance abuse, the commentary notes.

"Physicians and employers may experience reduced absenteeism, unintentional adverse events, injuries, and turnover, and early identification of a debilitating problem," write authors Julius Cuong Pham, an emergency medicine physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Peter J. Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, according to a research announcement released yesterday.

For more:
- here's the research 
- check out the 
JAMA article
- read the
 NBC San Diego article

Related Articles:
Develop policies to handle doc impairment--before you need them Physician lifestyle report examines link between home life and work stress Hospital nurses suffer from depression at twice the average rate 
Supervisor training needed to curb employee substance abuse

Thank You Fierce Healthcare and Ms Caramenico.

Three ways to go on this one:

1: Revoke Their licenses, Revoke Their Bill of Rights, Declare Them Officially Incurably 'Mentally Ill' for life. Slam Them onto SSDI.

2: Revoke Both the 5th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution, (don't worry, our current Administration's Already hard at work on destroying not just the Entire Bill of Rights but the Entire Constitution, so, That's happening as you read this.)


3: Revoke Psychiatry's legitimacy to Revoke Other people's legitimacy.

According to This next link, California deep-sixed its Doc Diversion fiasco, and hasn't yet replaced it.

And why do they still have 7 More of these Unconstitutional Stinkers?

California Diversion Programs (7)

And what's being done about drunken MDs in the OR?

You got it.

Jack. Hospitals ignore it. Pretend they don't see it.


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