Navigation Links
Car Crashes Common for Sleepy Doctors in Training: Study
Date:12/28/2012

FRIDAY, Dec. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Medical residents are at increased risk for traffic crashes because of fatigue and stress caused by working long hours in the hospital, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., surveyed about 300 residents over the course of their residency and found that about 11 percent were involved in accidents and 43 percent reported nearly getting into a crash during the training.

Residents said the traffic incidents were caused by fatigue and distress, including feelings of burnout or depression, according to the study, which was published Dec. 17 in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Medical residents typically work long, intense shifts as they train to become doctors.

"Just like any other field, residents need their recovery time," study lead author Dr. Colin West, an internal medicine physician, said in a Mayo Clinic news release. "In order to make good decisions, physicians need to be physically and emotionally well. Residents need to be rested. We don't want them to have undue amounts of stress."

The fact that motor vehicle accidents are common among residents brings "the issues of resident fatigue, sleepiness and distress to a new level of priority," West said. "New interventions designed to address both resident fatigue and distress may be needed to promote patient and resident safety."

The researchers also asked the residents about how often they had been exposed to patients' blood and body fluids, and found that about 8 percent reported at least one incident of exposure due to fatigue or stress during their residency.

More information

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has more about medical residents' duty hours.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Mayo Clinic Proceedings, news release, Dec. 17, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Identifying Teen Drivers Curbs Crashes in N.J., Study Finds
2. Suicide Now Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes: Study
3. Study explores injury risk in military Humvee crashes
4. Fatal Car Crashes Less Likely in Major Cities, CDC Study Finds
5. Probiotic Action Responds to Article Answering Common Questions About Acne
6. Some Kids Abusing Common Baking Ingredients
7. AllMed Webinar Helps Hospitals Learn How to Avoid the Most Common Bariatric Surgery Complications
8. Dr. J G Moellendorf, DC, ND, LCP Attends Seminar on Resolving Common Hormonal Challenges in Men and Women
9. Cedars-Sinai physician-scientist awarded $3M to study most common inherited neurological disorder
10. Common anesthetic agents can be harmful for the development of the fetus
11. Common Heart Drug Might Dampen Some Autism Symptoms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Car Crashes Common for Sleepy Doctors in Training: Study
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The California State University Institute for Palliative Care ... interested in palliative care education and research. The Symposium, “Innovate. Investigate. Educate: Advancing ... Diego on Sept. 28 and 29, 2017, on the campus of California State University ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... The Radiology Business Management Association ... marketing programs at the annual Building Better Radiology Marketing Programs conference, held ... in Fort Worth, Texas. Nine awards are given out in five categories. They are:, ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Thinksport, the most ... Jensie Gran Fondo of Marin. For the second year in a row, cyclists ... sunscreen. , “We are thrilled to provide our safe, non-toxic sunscreen to over ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... Rare Disease Report®, ... be participating in Rare Disease Day events, hosted by the Rare Disease Legislative ... Report, a website, weekly e-newsletter and quarterly publication, will be conducting interviews with ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... in thought leadership , media relations, content marketing, social media management, corporate ... several clients already in the state and in nearby New Hampshire, Massachusetts and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/23/2017)... Feb. 23, 2017 ITL Limited, ( ASX: ITD ), ... for the half year ended 31 December 2016 compared with the ... presentation can be viewed here . Highlights ... $1.04m; up 104%) Earnings per share of 2.2 ... of $17.5m (Dec 2015: $15.7m; up 11%) Profit ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... -- Research and Markets has announced the addition of ... report to their offering. ... The latest research Oesophageal Cancer Drugs Price Analysis ... the global Oesophageal Cancer market. The research answers the ... drugs marketed for Oesophageal Cancer and their clinical attributes? How are ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , February 23, 2017 Obese ... increasing caseload for varicose veins in their body. The ... are prompting the adoption of endovenous laser therapy for ... endovenous laser therapy market, published by Future ... lifestyle choices and consequences of obesity have collectively factored ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: