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Journal Article

Sleep science, schedules, and safety in hospitals: challenges and solutions for pediatric providers.

Rosenbluth G, Landrigan CP. Pediatric clinics of North America. 2012;59:1317-28.

Fatigue can lead to poor performance and diminished safety in high-risk industries. This review discusses the literature exploring how sleep deprivation affects clinician performance and the impact of work hour limits as a strategy to address the problem. The authors provide suggestions to redesign work schedules to improve handoffs and other processes affected by work hour restrictions.