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Medical Error Risk Rises Under Shorter Medical Intern Shifts
Health Leaders Media

The 2011 decision to limit from 30 to 16 hours the time hospital internal medicine trainees can continuously work may be making patients less safe, because it leads to far more hand-offs and perceptions by nurses and residents that quality of care suffers.

The new rules also didn’t do what they were intended to accomplish, which was to significantly increase the amount of time trainees would sleep each week.