Michael J. Sacopulos, Esq.
Doctors are busy, enough said. The problem is too many doctors are not getting enough sleep.
According to a recent New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) article “sleep deprivation adversely affects clinical performance and impairs psychomotor performance as severely as alcohol intoxication”.
There are currently work/sleep regulations in place for first year residents yet none for fully trained physicians.
The NEJM went on to state “In surgery there is an 83% increase in the risk of complications in patients who undergo elective daytime surgical procedures performed by attending surgeons who had less than a 6-hour opportunity for sleep between procedure during a precious on-call night”.
That being said, to reduce your risk of medical malpractice, physicians need to be conscious of how much sleep they get. I know that this is easier said than done, but the stats are hard to deny.