March 26th, 2013
According to Time magazine, a new policy in 2011 cut the amount of on-call hours for first year residents from 24 to 16 hours. Studies indicated that long continuous hours caused exhaustion and strain on the residents that obstructed their learning and patient care. A new study conducted by JAMA Internal Medicine, discovered that interns are making a great deal of mistakes, are exhausted from lack of sleep and are even exhibiting signs of depression. Even though they were working less hours, interns said they were still supposed to complete an equal amount of work and did not have as much time to complete the work. More research will need to be conducted to figure out how to balance intern’s schedules and determine what else may be causing these medical mistakes.
To find out more visit the Times.