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Extended Work Hours Associated with Increased Risk of Medical Errors and Fatalities

December 12, 2006




In their December 12, 2006 paper, "Impact of Extended-Duration Shifts on Medical Errors, Adverse Events, and Attentional Failures", the Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group finds 300% more fatigue-related preventable adverse events resulting in a fatality among Medical Interns working five or more extended-duration shifts per month.


Related Links:
Details of this publication and free download from the PLoS website
Harvard Gazette: Doctor Fatigue Hurting Patients
USA Today: Op-Ed point/counterpoint on resident work hours
BWH Press Release: BWH Study Finds Extended Work Hours Associated with Increased Risk of Medical Errors and Even Patient Death Among First Year Resident
BWH Press Release: Doctors’ extended duration work shifts are associated with medical errors and adverse events
Harvard Work Hours, Health and Safety Group website homepage



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