Who Would Have Thunk It???
Check this out. What you will see is the “startling announcement” that physician sleep deprivation significantly increases the risk of serious medical errors. Equally neck snapping is the report that sleep deprivation, and resulting errors, are higher for those physicians in training than they are for those doctors already in practice. The article concludes by suggesting that someone should tell those responsible for medical training about this, so that they can make appropriate scheduling adjustments.
Bottom Line. Am I nuts, or have we all known about “overworked Residents” for decades???
The combination of newbie status and sleep deprivation has always struck me as a bizarre and potentially lethal admixture. Yet, the “right of passage” of ridiculously long work weeks remains a key element in the physician training process.