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Would You Hesitate to Save a Life If There Was No Risk to Your Own?

The cyclist took a bad fall right in the middle of the road. A truck rounding the corner is bearing down well beyond the speed limit and clearly won’t be able to stop before she struggles to her feet. You and a friend are out for a walk with your dog when you see this unfolding. You then:

A. Stand frozen in place
B. Call 911 for help
C. Run into the street and pull the cyclist to safety just in time

Now, imagine the truck is the healthcare industry, barreling ahead, focused on profit over people. Short-term gains with no thought to long-term pain, the ultimate cost in dollars as well as lives. Kicking the proverbial can down the road.

This road, at this moment, the 911 call is answered by a public servant who is unable and/or unwilling to respond, their entire fleet of vehicles is broken down by neglect and lack of will to budget for maintaining safe and sound operation. Here, the police and firefighting rescue teams represent the legislators and payers.

The 911 operator thanks the person for bringing this urgent need to their attention, and sends thoughts and prayers on behalf of his employers. “By the way, we have been evaluating the need for a stop sign or traffic light,” he adds before abruptly ending the call to alarm.

The cyclist? One of the physicians (or nurses or nurse practitioners or physician assistants or any other provider) who has been seriously injured and simply can’t get up on their own.

Running to the Rescue: CBF

The Clinician Burnout Foundation is intent on stopping one more death due to healthcare burnout. This can be you, pulling the cyclist/clinician out of harm’s way, while your friend bravely stands between you and the cyclist and the truck, trying to get the driver’s attention. The driver eventually sees you, but not before you and your friend must leap to the curb.

The truck keeps going, the driver never looking back. You attend to the cyclist, using a novel technique to stop her hemorrhaging with what you have on hand with resourceful thinking, determined to save her life.

The number of fatalities at this intersection of clinicians and legislators/administrators/health insurers has exceeded logic, let alone compassion and a moral compass. Neglect and greed resulting in inaction, with nothing put in place to stop, let alone, prevent more, needless, tragedy.

Innovative Tech, Not Talk, Can Slash Killer Hours & Errors. It’s Available & Affordable: CBF Covers Clinician Costs! 

The CBF community is done with talk (as in, erecting our own stop sign). We are providing tangible, transformative solutions to save the lives of gravely injured clinicians, who are too exhausted to steer safely ahead on their own.

Only by galvanizing for action to slash administrative burden and concomitant 80-hour work weeks, by dramatically improving the quality of clinician lives and in turn their patients’ lives, can physician and nurse burnout be stopped.

Not by trying to change the industry by imploring those with the power and purse strings; rather, by providing actionable, proven tools for change.

The Clinician Burnout Foundation raises funds that pay for innovative health tech that is designed to end the burden, slash the hours, end payer denials, and make compliance effortless.

Over 55 studies and surveys have been conducted to date to raise awareness around this public health crisis. On September 17, 2018 a national day of observation was established: National Physician Suicide Awareness Day. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized this global pandemic within a pandemic.

The importance of all of this work and effort cannot be understated. Nor should it be. Each provides a critical contribution to the cause. Unfortunately, even when taken together, no effort has moved the needle enough to ‘cure’ this grave condition.

CBF Underwrites Time- and Sanity-Saving Services Too

CBF donations cover the clinicians’ cost of meaningful programs and services too, not after-hours yoga and meditation and music therapy classes or other HR department well-meaning Bandaid solutions currently offered by some health systems.

We can’t yoga our way out of this.

The burnout-beating tools – tech and services – that come through the Clinician Burnout Foundation are provided at no cost to clinicians in immediate need and those at risk.

Only game-changing health tech, not talk, will truly end healthcare burnout, and will save countless lives. This tech is available right now through CBF’s current sponsors/partners and more is coming.

Saving one practitioner equates to saving the thousand or more patients that they will care for over the course of their career.

We are all consumers of our healthcare system. At some point in our lives, we will turn to a member of a healthcare team. Our loved ones. Our friends. Our co-workers. Even the legislators and payers with the power to effect change at the highest levels.

But we can’t wait for them. Not with one physician a day committing suicide. A statistic determined before COVID.

Join the Clinician Burnout Foundation. Donate whatever you can, in dollars or time. Sponsor. Partner. Volunteer. Or simply spread the word.

With strength in numbers, we can save an untold number of lives: Those who practice medicine and those of us who receive their care. You and me and our loved ones. Not because it’s the right thing to do. But because it’s the necessary thing to do.