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Am J Public Health. 1992 Jul;82(7):1011-4.

Rotating shift work, sleep, and accidents related to sleepiness in hospital nurses.

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1
Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.
2
Brigham & Women's Hosp, Boston, MA

Abstract

A hospital-based survey on shift work, sleep, and accidents was carried out among 635 Massachusetts nurses. In comparison to nurses who worked only day/evening shifts, rotators had more sleep/wake cycle disruption and nodded off more at work. Rotators had twice the odds of nodding off while driving to or from work and twice the odds of a reported accident or error related to sleepiness. Application of circadian principles to the design of hospital work schedules may result in improved health and safety for nurses and patients.

PMID:
1609900
PMCID:
PMC1694075
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