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Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2014 Feb;75(2):96-101.

Extended-duration hospital shifts, medical errors and patient mortality.

Author information

1
Physician in the AP-HP, Occupational Health Unit/EMS (Samu92), University Hospital of Paris West Suburb, Garches, France.
2
Resident Doctor in the AP-HP, Occupational Health Unit/EMS (Samu92), University Hospital of Paris West Suburb, Garches, France.
3
Consultant in the AP-HP, Occupational Health Unit/EMS (Samu92), University Hospital of Paris West Suburb, Garches, France.
4
Consultant in the AP-HP, Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, Forensic Unit, Paris, France.
5
Head of Occupational Health Unit and Consultant in EMS (Samu92), University Hospital of Paris West Suburb, Poincaré Site, 92380 Garches, France.

Abstract

A meta-analysis was undertaken to study the association between extended medical shifts and consequences for patients. In six studies, the meta odds ratio was increased for mortality and for serious medical errors, but not for preventable medical errors and for physicians who slept >6 hours.

PMID:
24521805
DOI:
10.12968/hmed.2014.75.2.96
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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