2.3 Protect patients and colleagues from any risk posed by your health
Surgeons have a duty to maintain safe care at all times and not to work in any health state that might impair judgment and/or jeopardise patient safety. You should:
- Not work when your health is adversely influenced by fatigue, disease, drugs or alcohol.
- Recognise when your health state might impair judgment or jeopardise patient safety. You should promptly seek independent medical advice and devolve clinical responsibility to an appropriately qualified colleague.
- Take precautions against the transmission of blood-borne viruses by following established guidelines when operating on high risk patients or in the event of a needlestick injury.
- Exercise a duty of care in terms of reporting serious communicable disease or health states in yourself or colleagues that might jeopardise safe patient care.
- Be aware of health and safety regulations with respect to your practice and follow relevant legislation and local guidelines, including local vaccination and immunisation requirements.