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Patient safety experts call for further limits to resident work hours

Residency Program Insider, June 28, 2011

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Although the ACGME’s new Common Program Requirements will curb shift lengths for first year residents starting July 1, a group of patient safety experts and physicians call for shortened duty hours for all residents.

In a white paper published in the journal Nature & Science of Sleep, experts say that the current regulations are not enough to prevent medical errors and improve patient safety. The paper states that the ACGME should set a 12-16 hour limit on residents’ shifts, stating that is the maximum amount of time that a human can function with a relatively clear head.

Read the full report for more information and to see other recommendations.



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