Source Pravda.Ru

Sleep-deprivation affect doctors as well as alcohol, study says

The large quantity of junior doctors' working hours, equating the effect of long shifts to drinking a few cocktails, study says.

US researchers found 90-hour weeks impaired performance in the same way as alcohol.

UK doctors now work 56-hour weeks but, in the past, working weeks of up to 90 hours were common.

The Journal of the American Medical Association study said it was important to ensure doctors had adequate rest.

It is known that both sleep deprivation and alcohol consumption can impair a person's reaction time, attention, judgment, control and driving ability, reports BBC.

According to Reuters, a survey of resident doctors also found that they were three times more likely than average to have been involved in a motor vehicle crash.

New rules enacted in 2003 lowered the weekly work schedules for U.S. doctors-in-training to a maximum of 80 hours, the report said.

"Residents must be aware of post-call performance impairment and the potential risk to personal and patient safety," study author Todd Arnedt of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, wrote in this week's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"Because sleepy residents may have limited ability to recognize the degree to which they are impaired, residency programs should consider these risks when designing work schedules and develop risk management strategies for residents, such as considering alternative call schedules or providing post-call napping quarters," he wrote.

Comments
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
Should Russian athletes go to non-Olympic Games in South Korea?
Indian Origin of Egyptian Civilization
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision
Why did the USSR lose the Moon race?
US military men depressed over of Russia's new T-5000 sniper rifle
Russia to counter Boeing's Х37В with top secret MiG-41 project
Should Russian athletes go to non-Olympic Games in South Korea?
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Donbass without militia will be worse than Srebrenica - Putin
Putin to Sobchak: We will never let them turn Russia into another Ukraine
Should Russian athletes go to non-Olympic Games in South Korea?
Should Russian athletes go to non-Olympic Games in South Korea?
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Putin: Russia will continue spending enough on defence not to be killed
Russia to rebuild its former Soviet naval base in Syria's Tartus
Russia not pulling out from any international agreements, Putin says
Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases
ISIS threatens to conduct large-scale terrorist attacks in USA for Jerusalem decision