Are Resident’s work hours too long?

There is a petition before OSHA that is asking for Residents hours to be shortened.  Certain advocacy groups are arguing that Residents are working too long hours.  Currently, Residents are allowed to work up to 100 hours each week and this petition would like to regulate those hours to 80 per week.

Apparently, sleep deprivation has been linked to increased risks of “needle sticks, puncture wounds, lacerations, medical errors and vehicle accidents.”  However, according to other studies, residents who are sleepy have not seen higher rates of complications in surgeries than the well-rested peer group of residents.

So, should there be tighter regulations on the work hours for Residents?  For more information, check out this article in Medical News today, OSHA Should Regulate Work Hours For Doctors-in-Training, Groups Tell Labor Department

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