Thursday, May 30, 2013

Should Doctors Get Drug and Alcohol Tests?

My thoughts on the below article:  Though many doctors clearly do not do drugs, I wouldn't be surprised to find a good number of them who do.  I can't tell you how many professionals I've seen, in all sorts of fields, who have acted ironically, for example, charitable organizations which are headed by overpaid executives, or judges who have been caught drinking and driving.  Therefore, I think that doctors should be tested.  I have heard that some medical students take Adderall and other study drugs, so there might be some illegal drug use.  But an even bigger problem may be drinking too much - alcohol tests should be given special consideration.  Considering the stress of a doctor's job, it may be difficult to find any relief, except through drugs and alcohol.  Perhaps hospitals and other health organizations can create therapies specifically designed for doctors.  This way, it could prevent doctors and medical students from starting drugs and help them to stop.  Any other possible solutions?  Feel free to comment.


Should doctors get random drug tests?

May 10, 2013 8:05 am by | 0 Comments
blood urine testBALTIMORE - What if your doctor smoked marijuana and then performed surgery on you?
Not a comforting thought, but it could happen.
That is why two Johns Hopkins doctors and patient safety experts say hospitals should make alcohol and drug tests mandatory for physicians.
The doctors shared their views in a commentary published online April 29 in The Journal of the American Medical Association.
They say doctors should also be tested if a patient dies suddenly or is unexpectedly injured during surgery.
"Patients might be better protected from preventable harm. Physicians and employers may experience reduced absenteeism, unintentional adverse events, injuries, and turnover, and early identification of a debilitating problem," wrote the authors of the study: Dr. Julius Cuong Pham, an emergency medicine physician at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Dr. Peter J. Pronovost, director of the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Dr. Gregory E. Skipper of the drug and alcohol treatment center Promises, in Santa Monica, Calif., also contributed.
If a doctor is found to be impaired the hospital could suspend or revoke his or her medical license and report the incident to the state licensing board, the authors wrote. This would all help protect patients, the doctors said.
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