Safety and the flying doctor

Cappuccio, Francesco P.; Lockley, Steven W.
January 2008
BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);1/26/2008, Vol. 336 Issue 7637, p218
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the dangers associated with physicians having to work long hours. He suggests that working continuously for a long time, particularly at night, increases the risk of making errors and causing injury, which is the reason many professions limit the number of hours that can be worked continuously in one day. He argues that work practices or standards must be developed which protect patients from sleepy doctors and sleepy doctors from themselves, and that these standards must be made to apply equally across the European Union.


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