Operating the night before

The perils of being on call – getting called in during the middle of the night, operating, going back to bed and trying to get some sleep, and then having to operate in the morning. Doesn’t sound safe – or is it OK? This retrospective cohort study from Canada looked at just over 2,000 patients and compared conversion from lap to open, iatrogenic complication and mortality in just such siutations, and found no significant difference.

A curious article. Check it out here, in JAMA.

source | Journal of the American Medical Association

image | Army Medicine

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