In the news: ICU nurses get less sleep, make more errors

Stressed Out Nurses Weekly, November 16, 2009

Nurses who work in a hospital's intensive care unit (ICU) may get less sleep than other nurses, and therefore commit more errors on the job, reports

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston studied the quality of sleep of ICU nurses and presented their findings recently in San Diego at the American College of Chest Physicians. They then compared the amount of sleep, and quality of sleep, to that of floor nurses.They also studied nurses' vigilance at the beginning and end of shifts.

Researches concluded from their finding that abnormal sleep may have had implications for patient safety.


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