Med-surgical nurses and surgeons are working together to help ensure that everyone’s eyes are checked and that nurses aren’t putting their lives at risk when they perform procedures, but a new study has revealed that they aren’t getting the necessary training.
Med-surg nurses and Surgeons at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are working with a group of healthcare professionals, led by Dr. Rong Li, to train their colleagues in the critical care field.
In a new report, published online today in the journal JAMA Surgery, Li and his team looked at how healthcare professionals are getting their hands on the latest surgical technology and how they’re doing it.
Li and his colleagues used data from a large survey of US healthcare professionals and found that while most healthcare workers were aware of the importance of proper eye safety, they were unaware of the full scope of the role eye safety plays in healthcare.
According to the survey, just over half of US health care professionals had performed at least one eye procedure at some point, while more than one-third of US doctors had been involved in one.
The survey also found that one-fifth of healthcare workers reported being “at risk” for eye injuries, and that the majority of healthcare providers who are trained to perform surgical procedures said they were only doing it for the right reason.
Li and other healthcare professionals hope to increase awareness of the risks of eye injuries and prevent the types of errors that can occur in care.
The survey found that most healthcare professionals did not have a detailed understanding of the requirements for their own eyes, or how to prevent eye injuries in the first place.
“We wanted to look at how many healthcare professionals have already been trained to deal with eye injuries before they even go to the eye surgeon,” Li said.
“And to learn how to use these skills in their daily lives, how they can use eye safety training to prevent these types of mistakes.”
The survey also showed that healthcare professionals were reluctant to share their eye safety knowledge with others, often feeling that sharing their knowledge might make it easier for them to be sued.
For example, the survey found, healthcare workers said they did not always share information about eye injuries with their patients because they felt that they should not have to disclose the information to a potential employer or to a judge.
This lack of openness to sharing safety information with other healthcare workers can be a significant barrier to preventing eye injuries.
In fact, Li believes that healthcare workers who share their training are much more likely to share eye safety information and avoid eye injuries when it comes to surgeries.
“This is an example of a common misconception that healthcare staff are not trained to share information with their colleagues,” Li wrote.
“The truth is that healthcare is the only profession in which healthcare professionals typically share safety information about their own work practices.”
Dr. Rongs Li with Dr. William P. Smith, a UCLA associate professor in the Department of Surgery, and Dr. Christopher A. Hwang, a UC Irvine assistant professor of surgery, discuss how healthcare workers are getting trained in the field of critical care at the UCLA Medical Center.
Li and Hwang collaborated on the study.
Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images”The majority of the medical professionals who participated in this study reported that they were not willing to share safety details to anyone,” Li told The Verge.
“We wanted them to share the knowledge to their colleagues, to their patients, and to the general public, so that we can all benefit from it.”
Li and colleagues conducted the survey after the Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report stating that the prevalence of eye and eye injury had tripled since 2000.
This jump has resulted in a dramatic rise in the number of emergency room visits due to complications related to eye injuries across the country.
As more people are diagnosed with eye and face injuries, more healthcare workers have to face the consequences of not wearing glasses, contacts, and contact lenses.
While these practices are common in many countries, the practice is not universally acceptable in the US.
In response, the Department has called for more eyesharing in hospitals and other health care settings.
In a statement, the department said, “Our nation has the most expensive healthcare system in the world, and we’re taking steps to reduce this gap.
We will continue to invest in our healthcare systems to ensure that healthcare providers have the skills they need to safely and effectively perform surgeries, but this is only the beginning.”