Safety

Studies show resident docs and nurses need adequate sleep to work safely

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 5, 2011

Although rules to limit work hours for first-year residents will soon go into effect, a group of patient safety experts and physicians calls for shortened duty hours for all residents, according to a white paper published in the journal Nature & Science of Sleep.

Similarly, nurses working extended shifts are affecting not only patient safety but also their own well being at work.

Both studies show higher needlestick and vehicular accident potential from the groups surveyed.

Click here to read more about sleep-deprived hazards for residents and nurses.

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