23 May '11, 2am

Would you let a sleepy surgeon operate on you? Sleep-deprived surgeons do just as well as rested ones, says study

Would you let a sleepy surgeon operate on you? Sleep-deprived surgeons do just as well as rested ones, says study

Patients don't have to worry about their surgeons being sleep deprived, a Canadian study said, finding that those who had tired surgeons fared equally well as those whose doctors had enough sleep. -- PHOTO: REUTERS NEW YORK - LEAVING your heart in the hands of a sleepy surgeon may sound terrifying, but according to a Canadian study there is little to worry about. Over six years, patients at London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario fared equally well when their surgeons were well-rested as when they were operating on fewer than three hours of sleep, said the study, reported in the Archives of Surgery. 'This is certainly reassuring to the public,' said Michael Chu, a heart surgeon at the centre who worked on the study. 'They don't have to worry about surgeons being sleep deprived.' The findings add to a long-standing debate over the safety of trusting red-eyed doctors with l...

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