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Journal Article

Prospective evaluation of consultant surgeon sleep deprivation and outcomes in more than 4000 consecutive cardiac surgical procedures.

Chu MWA, Stitt LW, Fox SA, et al. Archives of surgery (Chicago, Ill. : 1960). 2011;146:1080-5.

This prospective study found no additional risk of complications or mortality in cardiac surgery patients when the attending surgeon was sleep deprived (defined as less than 6 hours of sleep the night prior to the procedure). This finding contradicts the results of an earlier study in general surgery patients.