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Almost half of consultant anaesthetists have had a car accident or near miss on their commute home because of fatigue

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l5341 (Published 03 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5341

Re: Almost half of consultant anaesthetists have had a car accident or near miss on their commute home because of fatigue

I’m sure this is true of most medics in the U.K. that have worked in the system doing on call and having to commute. I have personally been involved in an accident, a shunt, and I know of many other colleagues who have too. Driving with less than 4 hours of sleep increases your risk of a car accident by over 10 times from a US study. So it’s not surprising.

BMC med article 2018 by Gottlieb et al 16 :44

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 September 2019
John Desouza
Urologist
NHS lanarkshire
NHS Lanarkshire