Episode 148: Marijuana Use In Healthcare Providers with Mike Fitzsimons

In this 148th episode I welcome Dr. Fitzsimons back to the show to discuss the use of marijuana in healthcare providers. We discuss what we know about prevalence, what the potential consequences are, what the status of testing is, and what we may see happen in the future.

NEJM article on adverse effects of marijuana: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24897085

2 Replies to “Episode 148: Marijuana Use In Healthcare Providers with Mike Fitzsimons”

  1. I think it important to know that THC does linger that long if you choose to partake ( which I don’t ), and what the legal implications are.

    If you have poor performance due to fatigue with a clean tox screen it will be viewed in a different manner than when you have something show up.

    However I think that the effect of sleep deprivation/chronic fatigue/lack of life beyond work, on performance is a much larger problem for patient safety and possibly a root cause of substance abuse).

    Fatigue-related risk perception among emergency physicians working extended shifts.
    Appl Ergon. 2019 Aug 5;82:102914. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2019.102914. [Epub ahead of print]

    Sleep loss and performance of anaesthesia trainees and specialists.
    Chronobiol Int. 2008 Nov;25(6):1077-91. doi: 10.1080/07420520802551428

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