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Resident Fatigue And Medical Errors

Fri, 06/08/2012 - 4:46am

The media frenzy about the latest entry in the resident fatigue research sweepstakes was predictable. There were many websites carrying the story with the usual misleading headlines, hand-wringing and “Oh, the humanity” quotes. There are too many such articles to cite them all. Here are a few.

Fox News Tired surgical residents may up error risk, study suggests
LA Times Study finds residents often fatigued 
Daily Briefing Despite new rules, residents' fatigue continues to cause errors
MedPage Today Too little sleep makes Jack a dull surgeon
Orlando Personal Injury Legal Blog [one of many such blogs] Fatigued Hospital Residents Make More Mistakes

If one takes the time to read the paper, one will find the following:

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