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News and briefs: Shorter resident shifts will be costly

Residency Program Insider, September 13, 2011

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The new regulation limiting residents’ shifts to 16 hours is expected to cost teaching hospitals millions of dollars.

According to a study from the University of California Los Angeles, the hospitals will have to invest in such things as: education on resident fatigue and patient safety, regulating patient handoffs, and providing transportation or sleep facilities to residents. The reduction in hours was implemented by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to improve patient safety. The study also notes what percentage medical errors would have to be reduced by to compensate for the money spent to reduce residents’ shifts.

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