December 21, 2006

Study: long hospital shifts and sleep deprivation makes medical malpractice more likely

by Levin & Perconti

A recent study showed that sleep-deprived doctors are at a high risk of making medical malpractice mistakes that harm or even kill patients. Why then are medical residents routinely scheduled to work shifts that last 24 hours or more? The study showed that people who stay awake for 18 hours straight can have trouble thinking clearly and can zone out or nod off suddenly.

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