Sleepless in the surgical ward

Collier, Roger
May 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;5/26/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 11, p1095
Academic Journal
The article discusses the overextended work hours of resident physicians in the surgical ward. It tackles the unhealthy working lifestyle of medical residents in Canada and the U.S., highlighting the required 30 hours or more extended shifts of these medical personnel in health care. It also considers the significance for these residents to have the right hours of sleep, such that, restricting them to sleep endangers themselves, their profession and patients. The lack of sleep of medical residents, according to Dr. Najib Ayas of Vancouver Coastal Health's Sleep Disorders Program in Vancouver, led them to be prone to motor vehicle crashes and to make major medical errors. The call for a rule to reduce residents working hours, extended shifts and medical sleep cycle are focused.


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