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.

    Hospital Safety Center
  • Hospital Safety Center

    Improve compliance with hospital safety standards from The Joint Commission, OSHA, and other regulators with this...

  • Healthcare Life Safety Compliance

    Created exclusively for healthcare facility managers, plant operations professionals, and directors of engineering, this...

  • Hospital Safety Insider

    Stay on top of hospital safety requirements and best practices with our free, fast-paced weekly update.

  • Medical Environment Update

    A subscription to Medical Environment Update pays for itself by saving you time sorting through complex regulations and...

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Training Video

    Meets OSHA requirements for training employees on the bloodborne pathogens standard!

Most Popular