Sleep Deprivation & Medical Errors
Interview: Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH
Director, Sleep and Patient Safety program
Brigham and Womenís Hospital, Boston
This year, the nationís teaching hospitals instituted new rules that limit the number of consecutive hours that first year medical residents may work without sleep.
Our first guest, a Harvard sleep expert, says the rules do not go far enough, and anyway, they arenít being implemented consistently.
The bottom line, says Christopher Landrigan, MD, MPH, is twofold: patient safety and the high costs we all have to pay when hospital errors occur as the result of sleep deprivation.
Dr. Landrigan directs Sleep and Patient Safety at Brigham and Womenís Hospital in Boston, where Harvard Medical residents do their final year of medical training.