Blind Spot: Are We Neglecting House Staff Driving Safety in the Era of Duty Hour Regulations? Driving Performance of Residents after Six Consecutive Overnight Work Shifts

The authors comment on an article by Huffmyer et al (in the current issue of Anesthesiology) that uses a simulated driving study to explore the need for house staff duty hour rules. Huffmyer et al measured the driver performance of medical residents after (versus before) six consecutive overnight work shifts. Among their findings were: increased self-reported sleepiness; feeling less alert and less safe to drive; difficulty with vehicle control and collision avoidance; lower reaction times; and increased attention lapse. The current authors discuss the controversy over house staff sleepiness related to work hours, research methodologies available to further explore this topic, and actionable steps to reduce drowsy driving-related tasks among medical house staff.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Photos; References;
  • Pagination: pp 1210-1212
  • Serial:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Volume: 124
    • Issue Number: 6
    • Publisher: Lippincott (JB) Company
    • ISSN: 0003-3022

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  • Accession Number: 01602619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 2016 9:25AM