Temporary Workers and Sleep Deprivation Increase Medical Malpractice

Recent studies from John Hopkins University School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine provide valuable clues as to major causes of medical malpractice.

In the John Hopkins University study, researchers found that temporary workers are twice as likely to make costly and potentially dangerous mistakes as permanent hospital workers.  The research elevates concerns about the use of temporary nursing staff in particular because they are already a prominent segment of the health care workforce in Connecticut.  The popularity of temporary staff among hospitals is tied in part to lower costs per employee.

In the University of Pittsburgh study, researchers found that lack of sleep and poor quality sleep significantly increases the likelihood that an Emergency Medical Service (EMS) worker will make a serious mistake in caring for patients.  Researchers found again that fatigued EMS staffs were twice as likely to make mistakes as those that were more rested.  It is a fact that many EMT workers have shifts of 24 hours at a time.

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