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Pediatr Clin North Am. 2006 Dec;53(6):1135-53.

The impact of fatigue on patient safety.

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Department of Critical Care Medicine, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, ON, M5G 1X8, Canada.


Modern medicine is founded on a culture of diligent, fatigued physicians. Fatigue is not desirable; however, the task of managing fatigue in health care professionals is complex and an ideal solution has not been described. Solutions need to integrate the immediate need for continued high-quality patient care, education of trainees, and the limited supply of health and human resources. Exploration of alternate scheduling models, broadened scope of practice, and new models of care delivery in demonstration projects or formal studies should be performed before widespread implementation. Appropriate evaluations are essential if well-meaning but larger scale errors in the name of patient safety are to be avoided.

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