To the Editor Interest in the effects of sleep deprivation on physician performance and patient safety has existed for a long time. A study by Dr Vinden and colleagues1 found that surgeons operating the night before did not perform next-day elective laparoscopic cholecystectomies with more complications, such as conversion to open cholecystectomy, iatrogenic complications, or death. Although these findings are interesting, some issues should be clarified.
Hou L, Han X, Dong Y. Next-Day Surgical Complications After Nighttime Procedures. JAMA. 2014;311(8):860–861. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.330
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