I just watched this television show that airs on the New OWN network and am simply appalled at the blatant disregard for common sense and care of the patients and doctors during the period of internship.
I am a regular person and I know how ineffective my decision making and physical skills become when I am in a sleep deprived and high stress environment. Apparently our the medical decision makers at Johns Hopkins were hiding under the bed when they supposedly learned about the effects of sleep deprivation on the human body.
Commercial truck drivers, in general, are permitted to work no more than 14 consecutive hours (and only 11 hours of that time may be actual driving time). After the 14 hour period, truck drivers are required to have 10 consecutive hour off. Additionally, truck drivers may only work 60 hours in a 7 day period or 70 hours in an eight day period. Following these periods of work, truck drivers are required to have 34 consecutive hours of rest.
The laws concerning the hours spent working by commercial truckers are for safety. Apparently the trucking industry understands the risks associated with tired truckers and so abides by these regulations.
I want to ask the people at Johns Hopkins why their interns, who are often tasked with intricate, highly technical, and time sensitive decisions while saving human lives why the decisions makers believe their interns are immune from the effects of sleep deprivation.
Why would a highly respected medical group knowingly and intentionally put their patients into the hands of interns who are not at the absolute top of their physical capabilities?
I am greatly disturbed by this show in that it appears to promote training practices in complete disagreement with documented medical best practices.