No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours without Sleep

December 15, 2016

(The Atlantic) – When the young Schlachter did come back to work, his damaged vestibular system proved less than optimal. “I lost my balance and just fell on top of one or two patients in the operating room,” he recalls. Even if a surgeon doesn’t physically collapse on top of a person, drowsy doctors are more likely to experience lapses in memory and judgment that can prove critical. In other words, the brains of doctors are subject to the limits of physiology in much the same way as other human brains.

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