The Impact of Housestaff Fatigue on Occupational and Patient Safety

ArticleinBeiträge zur Klinik der Tuberkulose 185(4):203-9 · July 2007with6 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.27 · DOI: 10.1007/s00408-007-9010-5 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    Extended-duration work shifts (i.e., greater than 24 hours) for housestaff are a long-standing tradition. However, the resultant sleep deprivation and fatigue caused by these extreme work schedules pose potential threats to both physician and patient safety. We believe it is critical to understand the potential adverse consequences of housestaff fatigue to optimize shift schedules and reduce risks to both staff and patients.