Fatigue | Association of Anaesthetists


An exhausted trainee anaesthetist was tragically killed after falling asleep at the wheel of their car in 2015. This isn't an isolated incident. Our recent survey showed that many doctors have experienced an accident or near miss when driving home after a night shift. It's time to change the culture of fatigue in the healthcare profession. We need to #FightFatigue together.

Fatigue Audit Tool – last chance to contribute

Fatigue plays an important role in both patient and clinician safety. A healthy organisational culture towards fatigue management and rest facilities of an appropriate standard and availability enable clinicians to be able to manage fatigue safely.

SCATA (with support from the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Association of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Fight Fatigue group) has launched a data collection for a service evaluation of rest facilities and culture in anaesthesia and intensive care.

The aims are: 

  1. To describe the current situation regarding rest culture alongside availability and quality of rest facilities in anaesthetic and intensive care departments in the UK and ROI, compared with current standards. 
  2. To feedback to departments and provide a benchmarking of their practice as compared to current standards and peers nationally.

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Survey reveals impact of fatigue on hospital consultants

Politicians, healthcare bodies and medical royal colleges from across the UK are backing the national Fight Fatigue Campaign to help raise awareness of the impact of fatigue and shift work on our NHS workforce. Despite growing support for the campaign there is still much to be done, as demonstrated by survey results published today (3 September 2019) which reveals the scale and impact of out-of- hours working on consultant anaesthetists and intensivists.

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Our survey 

Results from a 2017 national survey of the effects of fatigue on trainees in anaesthesia in the UK shows these worrying statistics. 

Health concerns

73% reported negative physical effects resulting from fatigue


57% have experienced an accident or near-miss after a night shift

Mental health

71.2% felt fatigue has impacted their psychological wellbeing

Personal impact

67.9% reported fatigue was effecting their relationships