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Over half of anaesthetic trainees have had car crash or near miss after night shift, survey finds

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3328 (Published 07 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3328
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. BMJ Careers

Over half (57%) of anaesthetic trainees have experienced a crash or near miss when driving home after a night shift, a survey conducted by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland has found.

The study, published in Anaesthesia, outlined the findings of the survey, which received 2170 responses from UK anaesthetic trainees.1

Most (84%) of the respondents said that they had felt too tired to drive home after a night shift, and 57% said that they had experienced a crash or near miss in doing so.

Respondents talked about falling asleep at the wheel and about being woken by rumble strips on the road, the paper said. …

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