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"Impact of Extended-Duration Shifts on Medical Errors, Adverse Events, and Attentional Failures", PLoS

December 12, 2006



(Barger LK, Ayas NT, Cade BE, Cronin JW, Rosner B, et al. (2006) Impact of Extended-Duration Shifts on Medical Errors, Adverse Events, and Attentional Failures. PLoS Med 3(12): e487)

"Interns working five or more extended-duration shifts per month reported more attentional failures during lectures, rounds, and clinical activities, including surgery and reported 300% more fatigue-related preventable adverse events resulting in a fatality."

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Related links:
BWH Press Release: BWH Study Finds Extended Work Hours Associated with Increased Risk of Medical Errors and Even Patient Death Among First Year Residents
BWH Press Release: Doctors’ extended duration work shifts are associated with medical errors and adverse events


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