27% of Participating Orthopedic Residents Impaired by Lack of Sleep at Harvard Hospitals
reported in MedPage Today.
The physicians-in-training said they average just over five hours of sleep daily during work weeks, according to Frank McCormick, MD, of Massachusetts General Hospital. According to the report, the impairment reported by 27 percent of the orthopedic residents was "as severe as that expected from a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent," Dr. McCormick wrote.
He concluded that fatigue-related impairment was predicted to increase the risk of medical error by 22 percent, with the individual range reaching from 7 to 49 percent.
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