Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Young Doctors Too Tired for Safety

A new report finds doctors-in-training are still too exhausted and need more rest. This should be a no-brainer. The Institute of Medicine recommends that anyone working the maximum 30-hour shift should get an uninterrupted five-hour break for sleep after 16 hours. This recommendation follows regulations that capped the working hours of young doctors just five years ago, limiting them to about 80 hours a week. Experts agree that sleep deprivation is a serious problem "that can lead to serious medical mistakes." Read more.

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