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Friday, September 11 • 8:00am - 9:00am
Fatigue: Real Risks In Healthcare And An Effective Tool Box Of Counter Measures

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Topic Overview: Fatigue management is an emerging area of healthcare. It directly relates to patient safety and employee burnout. Recent discoveries have been made regarding the effects of sleep deprivation on employee health, decision making errors, and most importantly, interventions to reduce fatigue risk.

Fascinating new findings in the neuroscience of fatigue include the newly named Glymphatic system. This waste removal system clears the toxin Beta Amyloid, but only while asleep. A night shift nurse, driving home at dawn, will have trouble getting to sleep due to the blue light of dawn. This effect of dawn on the SCN and brain chemistry will be discussed.  Based on new fatigue science, novel new counter measures to fatigue have emerged.  “Anchor sleep,” blue blocking sunglasses and the color of the computer screen can alter fatigue. The proven risks of fatigue include elevated cortisol levels, higher risk of stroke, hypertension and breast cancer. Fatigue management is required in the FAA, the military and commercial trucking. Given the effect of fatigue on patient safety and nursing burn out, this is an emerging area of healthcare that deserves more attention.


  1. Recognize recent discoveries of sleep and why sleep is critical for life.
  2. Review scientifically proven counter measures for fatigue.
  3. Explain proven risks of sleep deprivation.
  4. Review fatigue management regulations.

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Christian O. Updike, M.D

Dr. Christian Updike is the Medical Director of Employee Health for nine hospitals. His background includes working busy call nights as a hospitalist. Before medical school, he worked as a medic on a rescue squad, working 24-hour shifts.  Board certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Updike... Read More →

Friday September 11, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom/Street Level

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