Health care professionals need to realize the importance of taking a sick day
According to a new study published by JAMA Pediatrics, 95 per cent of attending physicians, certified registered nurse practitioners, midwives and other health care workers at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia who answered an anonymous survey said they believed working while sick puts patients at risk.
Eighty-three per cent of these health care workers admitted to going to work while not feeling well, at least once in the past year.
This has caused quite a stir, as the health of patients is the primary concern for medical professionals. But the reasons for choosing to go to work, despite feeling under the weather, all link back to one central theme: fear.
According to our sister publication Business Review Canada, the number one reason many choose to still go into work is because they don’t want to let their colleagues down. The second? Staffing concerns.
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“It’s no surprise that those who work in the medical field are overworked and sleep deprived. After all, diseases don’t take a summer vacation,” wrote the publication. “Therefore, if a doctor, nurse or someone in a related position calls off work, someone, somewhere will have to pick up the slack. This, of course, could then lead to being ostracized by co-workers.”
Another reason why health professionals choose to skip sick days is due to not wanting to let patients down. Which is ironic, as exposing patients to disease can only do more harm.
As our sister publication concludes: “you have sick days for a reason, so use them!”
Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”