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Dec 1 2015

The dangers of sleep deprivation in hospitals

While a weakened immune system, higher stress and weight gain have long been associated with constant lack of sleep, one study takes a closer look at the dramatic consequences of sleep deprivation among hospital interns. Research shows that an intern who works five or more 24-hour shifts in one month makes seven times more errors that harm their patients. Furthermore, these interns make four times as many errors that ultimately lead to the death of a patient. Once these tired interns end their shift, they are also 168 percent more likely to be in a car accident.

Tags: hospital staff,Well-being,sleep deprivation,



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