Working Overnight Before Scheduled Procedures Not Linked To Increased Complications

November 14, 2012 | Risk Management News

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Procedures performed by attending physicians during the day after they worked an overnight shift (postnighttime) were not associated with significantly increased complication rates, according to the results of a study published in the October 2012 Canadian Journal of Surgery. The researchers matched a total of 9,191 surgical and 957 obstetrical postnighttime procedures with 3,552 and 3,945 control procedures, respectively. They found that complications occurred in 101 postnighttime procedures (5.4%) and 365 control procedures (4.9%). Additionally, complications occurred in 82 of 1,317 (6.2%) postnighttime procedures performed by surgeons who had six hours of sleep or less, as compared with 19 of 559 (3.4%) postnighttime procedures performed by surgeons who had more than six hours of sleep.

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