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Fatigue

An exhausted trainee anaesthetist was tragically killed after falling asleep at the wheel of their car in 2016. 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 support and resources

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

Driving

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