Long nursing shifts raise error risk

  1. Nurses in US hospitals about 40 percent of the time are working long shifts that raise the risk of medical mistakes such as giving the wrong medication or the wrong dose, a study released on Wednesday said.

    The likelihood of a hospital nurse making a mistake was three times higher once a shift stretched past 12.5 hours, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs.

    The study, led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, tracked 393 hospital nurses and found about 40 percent of their shifts exceeded 12.5 hours over a four-week period.

    Full Article: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default...-7-2004_pg6_20
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