Lung

, Volume 185, Issue 4, pp 203–209

The Impact of Housestaff Fatigue on Occupational and Patient Safety

Authors

  • Scot A. Mountain
    • The Department of Medicine University of British Columbia
  • Bradley S. Quon
    • The Department of Medicine University of British Columbia
  • Peter Dodek
    • The Department of Medicine University of British Columbia
    • Program in Critical Care MedicineProvidence Healthcare
    • Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome SciencesProvidence Healthcare
  • Robert Sharpe
    • Program in Critical Care MedicineProvidence Healthcare
    • The Department of Medicine University of British Columbia
    • The Sleep Disorders Program, University of British Columbia; Respiratory Division, Vancouver General Hospital; and Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and EvaluationVancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
    • Program in Critical Care MedicineProvidence Healthcare
    • Center for Health Evaluation and Outcome SciencesProvidence Healthcare
    • Respiratory MedicineGordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
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DOI: 10.1007/s00408-007-9010-5

Cite this article as:
Mountain, S.A., Quon, B.S., Dodek, P. et al. Lung (2007) 185: 203. doi:10.1007/s00408-007-9010-5

Abstract

Extended-duration work shifts (i.e., greater than 24 hours) for housestaff are a long-standing tradition. However, the resultant sleep deprivation and fatigue caused by these extreme work schedules pose potential threats to both physician and patient safety. We believe it is critical to understand the potential adverse consequences of housestaff fatigue to optimize shift schedules and reduce risks to both staff and patients.

Keywords

Resident work hoursSleep deprivationFatigueMedical errorEducationmedicalgraduate

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