Long Hours for Surgeons Put Patients at Risk

Posted on Nov 20, 2010

November 19, 2010 - Medline reports that surgeons who work long hours put patients at greater risk. A new study indicates that when surgeons put in long hours at work, depression and burnout can result. This can not only increase the likelihood of personal problems but it can also affect a patient's safety.  

The Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins University conducted a 2008 survey with 7,905 participating U.S. surgeons. After analyzing the results of those surveys, it was found that when surgeons worked more than 80 hours a week, 40% of them experienced depression and 50% of them experienced burnout.

Even more alarming is that 11% of the surgeons said that they had committed a significant medical error in the previous 3 months.
Additionally, 20% reported that if they had known better, they would not have chosen their profession.

The conclusion from Johns Hopkins is that there may be a relation between the number of hours a surgeon works and the effect on a patient's care. At the same time, no one surveyed thought reducing the amount of hours would lead to better patient care.

Researchers believe that more focus needs to be placed on identifying surgeons who may be at risk of depression and burnout, rather than monitoring their workloads.

When a surgeon commits a medical error, it can lead to serious injuries. If you have been the victim of a surgical error or any other type of medical negligence, a West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer can talk to you about your options for legal recourse.

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