Apr 11, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
A public safety effort that is decreasing public safety. After a few horror stories of botched medical care that were the product over overworked, sleep-deprived residents, a number of programs cut back on how many hours these residents were allowed to work each week. And, as a result, they're apparently making more mistakes than they did while being on-duty for 72-hour shifts. A survey of residents shows that, while they're working fewer hours, they're being expected to get the same amount done—just faster. Plus, since they go off work sooner, they have to hand all their patients off to new doctors, which can also increase the problems with care. And, in the ultimate irony, for whatever reason, the residents don't report getting any more sleep than they used to.