Crash Victims Beware! The Doctor May Be Too Tired To Save Your Life
On every average day in the U.S.A. today about 100 Americans die of injuries from vehicle violence. Another 400 Americans suffer serious injuries (burns, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, amputations, etc.) from vehicle violence.
For 20 years I have worked to improve care for crash victims. See https://www.careforcrashvictims.com/home/urgency
Today, medical “experts” are recommending emergency physicians work 24 hour shifts. See https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/first-year-doctors-would-be-allowed-to-work-24-hour-shifts-under-new-rules/2016/11/04/c1b928c2-a282-11e6-8832-23a007c77bb4_story.html#comments
Thankfully, in this month of Thanksgiving, the American public is being warned. Public Citizen reports: “Nov. 4, 2016Proposal to Allow First-Year Resident Physicians to Work 28 Hours in a Row Puts Residents, Patients, Public at Risk of Serious Injury, DeathAmericans Overwhelmingly Oppose ACGME Work-Hour Proposal WASHINGTON, D.C. − A proposal to allow first-year medical residents to work 28 hours in a row without sleep is a dangerous step backward and, if implemented, would expose residents, their patients and the general public to the risk of serious injury and death, Public Citizen said today. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) today proposed a new set of requirements for the number of hours worked by resident physicians. The proposal removes the five-year-old 16 consecutive-hour limit on first-year resident work shifts and allows them to work up to 28 hours straight without sleep, while caring for patients. The proposal comes amid intense pressure from dozens of physician groups to do away with the limit. “Study after study shows that sleep-deprived resident physicians are a danger to themselves, their patients and the public,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “It’s disheartening to see the ACGME cave to pressure from organized medicine and let their misguided wishes trump public health.” See http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=9048
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