Thursday, October 28, 2004

We need sleep too

I think reform is needed at some level. We have it better now than did the previous generation of doctors who really had brutal working hours, but I can still use the extra sleep.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041028/ap_on_he_me/sleepy_interns

10 comments:

Tasmiya said...

I get the impression that any reformation has more to do with a fear of an increase in litigious claims rather than an actual concern for new interns' (or patients') welfare.

Or am I being too cynical?

DrMaxtor said...

Cynical perhaps, but realistic nevertheless.

Flanstein said...
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DrMaxtor said...

How did a Muslim-hating, sharon-loving, smegma sipping AskheNAZI zionist toilet stain like fecalstein ever end up in Canada ? Hmmmm probably complained he was persecuted or a victim of "anti-semetism." Isnt what they all say. Apparenly the Almighty has a sense of humor.

Flanstein said...
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DrMaxtor said...

yawn....

Flanstein said...
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DrMaxtor said...

yawn.....typical jewish whining...ooo the Muslim wont let me post my filthy racist judeonazi crap on his blog. Cry me a river fecalstein.

cardamom - the sufi tic tac said...

Here in my neck of the woods (Australia), we have legislation about safe working hours for doctors. It's only been around for a few years and it's not followed religiously, but it is a step in the right direction. I'm about to start my internship in a couple of months insha Allah, and I'd be completely petrified if I had to work in the US or the UK, from the stories I've heard.

Here in the part of Australia I live in, if a doctor has been working for 16 hours, they're required by law to leave the hospital and not return till at least 8 hours later. It's called "fatigue leave". Unfortunately there are cases where the legislation is ignored, especially during the xmas/new year period where staff are hard to come by.

Proposed changes in the US are most definitely a good idea, for the safety of patients and doctors alike. I'd hate to think how many junior docs' careers have been destroyed by litigation resulting from mistakes made during ridiculously long shifts.

wa billahi tawfiq.