If our old buddy Pamela Wible’s headline and graphic, above, don’t tell you all that you need to know on the topic, read on. What you will see here is a compilation of horror stories from doctors that make the point, rather vividly, that sleep-deprived doctors can be deadly weapons rather than healers.
Bottom Line. I don’t have much to add here. The stories speak for themselves. Just two quick thoughts. First, at a personal level, we might like to ask physicians about to treat us or our loved ones how long they have been on shift. Second, at a professional level, we might like to use these stories as a reason to temper our strategic marketing programs aimed at young doctors to establish their habits and loyalties early in their careers. Problem. They might be too asleep to pay much attention!