Does More Rest Make for Safer Doctors?


Human beings have evolved to sleep at night and to work or play during the day. Tell that to the many patients who flock to ERs at night with everything from trauma due to motor vehicle collisions to overdoses to heart attacks and strokes. As a shift worker in the ER, I know from long experience that health care is a 24 hour endeavour - which means we have to tend to patients and battle sleep deprivation and fatigue at the same time.

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