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Consider a Caffeine Nap
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Too Tired to Drive Home after overnight call?  Evidenced-Based Study says, "Consider a Caffeine Nap!"   Residents and faculty have a personal responsibility to recognize the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation in themselves and their peers. Call rooms are provided at every hospital so residents can sleep or rest if they feel they are too fatigued to safely drive home. GME, through the University  will also reimburse cab fare if a resident or fellow needs safe transportation home due to fatigue or illness. If you're not certain about your ability to safely drive home, but don't want to use a taxi service, a "Caffeine Nap" could help you stay alert on the drive home.   Researchers at Loughborough University, UK, compared the effects of different methods a sleepy driver might use to stay awake. Slapping one's face, blasting the radio, or blowing cold air were ineffective. What worked best was a Caffeine Nap. So if you're getting ready to drive home after a night on call, consider drinking a cup of coffee and then immediately take a 15-minute nap (no longer). Caffeine takes about 20 minutes to take effect. Just as the nap is ending, the caffeine kicks in and may combat the sleepiness long enough to get home. This technique has been widely adopted by residents in the UK. Be sure to use caffeine (needs to be 150-200 mg), not caffeine drinks with a high sugar content which can worsen sleepiness.   To review the full study, see Psychophysiology. 1997 Nov;34 (6):721-5. Suppression of sleepiness in drivers: combination of caffeine with a short nap, Reyner LA, Horne JA.  
PSQI Day Awards 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
  On behalf of Dr. Robert Fore, Associate Dean/DIO and David Seaberg, MD, Dean, please join us in congratulating all our residents, mentors, and nurses involved in today's 2nd Annual Patient Safety/Quality Improvement Day in Probasco Auditorium (May 15, 2015).  All 15 presentations were very good, and the judges appreciated the hard work shown by those involved.   The first place award was presented to Timothy Stevens, MD, Surgery Resident, for his quality improvement project, "Effects of implementing a standardized surgical patient handoff system." Also involved with the project are W. Heath Giles, MD, Associate Program Director for Surgery; Eric Nelson, MD, Colon and Rectal Surgery Faculty; and Michael Biderman, PhD, UTC Faculty who assisted with statistics for the project. The second place award was presented to Grace Nguyen, MD, Pediatrics Resident, for her quality improvement project, "Eczema Action Plan." Also involved in her project was her faculty mentor, Karla Garcia, MD. The third place award was presented to Jessica Thomas, MD, Family Medicine Resident, for her quality improvement project on "Tobacco Cessation." Also involved in her project were team members and fellow residents, Andrea Martinelli, MD, and Rebekah Kollar, MD; and several UT Family Medicine Faculty mentors. An honorable mention was presented to Eileen Shrum, RN, BSN, Nurse Manager at the Erlanger East Emergency Department. Her other team members included Gail Henton (Artist); Martha Rhoades, Systems Analyst at Erlanger East; and the Erlanger East ED Staff. We also thank our three judges for the event: W. Woods Blake, MD, Erlanger Chief Quality Officer Alan Kohrt, MD, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, and CEO for Children's Hospital at Erlanger Susan Thul, DNP, APRN, CNM, Assistant Professor of Nursing, UTC School of Nursing Finally, we express our thanks to John Stroud, Erlanger AV Specialist, for printing the posters for next week.  Posters for each of the 15 projects will be on display in the back of the Erlanger Medical Mall (near Outpatient Imaging Registration) all next week.   Please congratulate all your residents who presented  and stop by to view the posters next week.   Pamela D. Scott (Pam)Director, Graduate & Medical Student Education UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and Erlanger Health System
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