In this 107th episode I welcome Dr. Mike Fitzsimons back to the show to discuss the topic of suicide in physicians in general and in Anesthesia providers specifically.
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6 thoughts on “Episode 107: Suicide in Anesthesia with Mike Fitzsimons”
This episode hits close for me, when I was in training I spent a lot of time with one provider who was a prolific author, and was head of anesthesia/critical care units, but more than that he was an incredible teacher. When I say that, it was an understatement. In my last year of training, there was a fateful event that caused him to take his life. It shook me to my core. In healthcare there are moments that despite any amount of knowledge, can effect people beyond our normal compensatory methods.
I appreciate this conversation, despite being a difficult topic.
I’m so sorry to hear that. Thank you for sharing.
All time astronomical suicide rate in anesthesia. Some planned and others neglected chronic disease ignored. 23 recent suicides!
I know that’s not directly related to the topic but would love to get your opinion on a scenario where the HOD is using his authority to enforce anesthetists to overwork beyond the working hours and totally refuse to handover lengthy cases to the next shift, his explanation is to ensure patient safety and to limit the responsibility to the one who started the case.
meanwhile there is no compensation towards the extra working hours.
P.S: The contract is monthly salary towards certain hrs./ wk
From what you’ve said this certainly sounds like a terrible policy and one that is probably pushing the boundaries of legality. Depending on what country you live and work in rules may be different, but I can say that while it is true that there are risks associated with handoffs, there are also risks associated with working when tired and working while burned out. As a profession we need to develop safe methods for handing off even very involved cases. This is an area where we can learn a lot from nurses. ICU nurses, for example, routinely hand off the care of very sick patients and they do it safely and well. I hope things take a turn for the better with you and your situation!
All the best,
I have listened to both of your podcasts with Mike. Posting from the U.K. What a thoughtful man broaching such important topics. We are most certainly years behind the US in terms of acknowledging and addressing both of these issues. Very early in my career but would love to be able to replicate some of what he is doing over here. Very impressive man with a refreshing take on expressing vulnerability as a healthcare provider.