Sunday, September 24, 2006

Give me a break

Give me a break : "Prompted by a number of tragic accidents and near misses during the late 1970s and 1980s the airline industry took stock and investigated the root causes. Of the critical incidents attributable in some way to human error, investigators found that in a large portion the cause could be pinpointed to the pilot or aircrew being hungry, angry, late, or tired—HALT. Simple personal factors, some of which were unavoidable, although many were not, were responsible for some of the worst aviation accidents in history."
Doctors need to remember this too . Many avoidable medical errors occur because of the medical staff being HALT !
One clever patient of mine always ask me - " Doctor, are you tired ? ". Not only is he acknowledging I work hard, he is also giving me a chance to get in touch with my own emotional state . By treating me as a human being, he ends up getting more personal attention from me !

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