"New rules limiting work schedules for medical residents don't go far enough in protecting patients from errors caused by exhausted trainees, says an article signed by 26 leading medical and health experts...
"Among the key recommendations of the report ...:
- Capping all resident-physician work shifts at 12 to 16 hours.
- Making work-hour compliance a condition for residency programs to receive Medicare support.
- Identifying "in real time" when a resident is overworked and additional staff needs to be called in.
The article, "Implementing the 2009 Institute of Medicine Recommendations on Resident Physician Work Hours, Supervision, and Safety: Report from a Conference at Harvard Medical School," is available in the June 24 issue of the online journal Nature and Science of Sleep.