Wordless Wednesday: Why is it okay for doctors to work without sleep for 24 hours?

Harvard study: New doctors make 36 percent more serious medical errors when working 24 hours or longer.

Perhaps the Right to Sleep effort should focus on the high costs that come from mistakes made by sleep-deprived doctors. Those in training are encouraged to work without sleep as a kind of “rite of passage.” Research suggests patients pay the price as victims of medical errors or drowsy driving accidents caused by these professionals, who are not superhuman, but just as disabled by sleep deprivation as everyone else.

 

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