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Joint Commission issues sentinel alert on dangers of long hours for health workers
Modern Healthcare

The Joint Commission has issued a sentinel event alert warning hospitals of the dangers of long hours and fatigue among healthcare workers.

In the Dec. 14 alert, the Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.-based accreditation organization listed many of the hazards associated with extended work hours, including confusion, memory lapses and slowed judgment. The alert also pointed to past research demonstrating a link between residents’ and nurses’ long shifts and impaired performance.