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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. Arch Surg. 2011;146:1080-1085.
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.