Navigation Links
Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety
Date:3/25/2013

MONDAY, March 25 (HealthDay News) -- Cutting the number of hours that U.S. medical interns work in a single stretch may not improve patient care as had been hoped. Instead, the measure decreases interns' overall training time and may also increase patient risks, according to a new study.

New national rules introduced in 2011 reduced the continuous-duty hours of first-year resident physicians from 30 to 16 hours. This was done in the belief that shortening their continuous work hours would enable them to get more sleep and that less fatigue would reduce the number of serious medical errors made by residents.

This study found, however, that the changes did not increase the amount of sleep that interns got each week, and that there was a significant increase in the number of potentially dangerous handoffs of patients from one resident to another.

In addition, the changes led to a decline in the residents' training opportunities, such as participating in fewer beside "rounds," according to the study, which was published online March 25 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

The researchers said their findings suggest the new rules may have the unintended effects of making patients less safe and compromising resident training.

"The consequences of these sweeping regulations are potentially very serious," study leader Sanjay Desai, an assistant professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

"Despite the best of intentions, the reduced work hours are handcuffing training programs, and benefits to patient safety and trainee well-being have not been systematically demonstrated," said Desai, who is also the director of the internal medicine residency program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He said the 16-hour limit was put in place without evidence of whether it would improve patient safety and outcomes, and called for further research into its impact.

"We need a rigorous study," Desai said. "We need data to inform this critical issue."

More information

The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has hospital tips for patient safety, including promoting sleep for medical staff.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Johns Hopkins Medicine, news release, March 25, 2013


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

Related medicine news :

1. Pesticides May Be Linked to Slightly Smaller Babies, Shorter Pregnancies
2. Sleepy Pro Athletes May Have Shorter Careers
3. Could Fertility Drugs Make Kids Shorter?
4. Shorter Arms May Explain Why Women Need Glasses Sooner Than Men
5. Children taking steroids for asthma are slightly shorter than peers
6. Postpartum Depression May Lead to Shorter Kids: Study
7. Shorter Hospital Stays Dont Compromise Care, Study Finds
8. Some Complain of Shorter Penis After Prostate Cancer Treatment: Study
9. New Antibiotic May Treat Skin Infections in Shorter Time
10. Shelf life of blood? Shorter than we think
11. Stored Donor Blood May Have Shorter Shelf Life Than Thought
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Shorter Shifts for Medical Interns May Not Boost Patient Safety
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, ... ... School of Pharmacy (SOP) alumni Hannah Randall, PharmD ‘17, and Jennifer Huggins, ... professionals on guideline updates for the primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases during ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, ... towards gender equality at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The ... social audience of over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the ... danger possible to save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains ... a dedicated teacher of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite of ... authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed by ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, Preservative ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Mohebi Hair Restoration, has recently contributed a medical article to the newly revamped ... cosmetictown.com. Dr. Mohebi’s article spotlights the hair transplant procedure known as Follicular ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/7/2017)... 2017   Provista, a proven leader in ... in purchasing power, today announced a new resource area ... Newsroom is the online home for case studies, ... bios, news releases, slideshows and events. ... of resources at their fingertips, viewers can also watch ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... 4, 2017 OBP Medical , ... medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) to ... surgical retractor with integrated LED light source and ... and exposure of a tissue pocket or cavity ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... Halo Labs announces the European launch of their new low volume, ... 2017 in Cambridge, U.K on October 4th. ... samples with unprecedented speed and sensitivity while using far less sample ... ... system ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: