Implications of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Anaesthesia Professionals and Patient Safety
Scientific Programme – Symposium 2
Date: 20 May 2023, Saturday (GMT+8) | 20 May 2023, Friday (UTC-4) | 20 May 2023, Friday (UTC-5)
Time: 1330 – 1355 (GMT+8) | 0130 – 0155 (UTC-4) | 0030 – 0055 (UTC-5)
Samuel Ern Hung Tsan MD, M.Anaes, FCAI
The emergence of Covid-19 in late 2019 disrupted healthcare in a way that has never happened before. Anaesthetic professionals were at the forefront of the pandemic, often managing the sickest patients while risking their own lives against an unknown adversary. This led to a high incidence of burnout, depression, and anxiety, to name a few. The association of these psychological impacts on patient safety is significant. In addition to medical errors, the breakdown in communication and teamwork can be detrimental to patient safety. Increased turnover of staff may also lead to increased workload, exacerbating the risks of suboptimal care. Potential strategies for mitigating these psychological stressors in the anaesthetic workplace will be discussed.