What to do about sleep-deprived surgeons

The New England Journal of Medicine has published a commentary calling for policies to require informed consent from patients.  This informed consent would need to be received before a healthcare professional (who is working under sleep deprivation) provides medical care or performs surgery.

According to surveys, if patients knew that their doctor had been working for 24 hours and was sleep deprived, a very high percentage of them would have requested a different healthcare professional to administer clinical care or surgery.  What are your thoughts on this issue?  For more information, check out this article, Sleep Deprivation, Elective Surgical Procedures, and Informed Consent

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