No wonder there’s so much medical malpractice
Doctors aren’t sleeping.
WASHINGTON - Doctors-in-training are still too exhausted, says a new U.S. report that calls on hospitals to let them have a nap.
Regulations that capped the working hours of bleary-eyed young doctors came just five years ago, limiting them to about 80 hours a week.
Tuesday, a panel of the prestigious Institute of Medicine recommended easing the workload a bit more: Anyone working the maximum 30-hour shift should get an uninterrupted five-hour break for sleep after 16 hours.
I’ve worked 27 hours straight and 44 hours straight. After the 20th hour or so of each shift, I was completely worthless. Much past the 30th hour, I was dangerous. Consider that truck drivers aren’t allowed to drive for more than 14 consecutive hours. Driving doesn’t require the same level of concentration and sharpness that practicing medicine does… maybe giving doctors a five hour sleep break would save some lives, eh?