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"Extended Work Duration and the Risk of Self-reported Percutaneous Injuries in Interns", JAMA

September 5, 2006

Extended Work Shifts Put Interns At Risk of Needlesticks and other Sharp Injuries

(Ayas NT, Barger LK, Cade BE, Hashimoto DM, Rosner B, Cronin JW, Speizer FE, Czeisler CA. JAMA 2006)

Interns working an average of 29 consecutive hours were 61 percent more likely to injure themselves with contaminated needles or with scalpels and broken glass

Used with permission of Justin Ide, Harvard University Gazette

Interns working greater than 20 consecutive hours had a 61% higher risk of suffering needlestick or other sharp injuries while caring for their patients.  These injuries put interns at risk of contracting hepatitis and HIV. 

For the full text or PDF copy of this article, visit the JAMA website.

Related links
JAMA paper: Interns' Compliance With Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Work-Hours Limits
Harvard Gazette: Interns get stuck on long shifts

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