Could Nuclear Power and Space Exploration Improve Hospitals?
Taking cues from other industries, researchers from Ohio State University are hoping to curb shift-change errors while still reducing worker fatigue at hospitals throughout the United States.
Looking closely at high-risk environments like railroad dispatching, nuclear power, ambulance dispatch and even space exploration courtesy of the Johnson Space Center, researchers are focusing on the techniques these industries use to make the transition from one shift to the next move smoothly.
One of the key problems is the transfer of information from outgoing worker to incoming worker, something that the medical industry saw as a reason to potentially not shorten working shifts for medical workers. But in July 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) instituted a program that capped the number of hours a medical resident could work in a week at 80 hours which equated to more shift changes but potentially more rested workers.
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