Tuesday, June 19, 2007

ACGME work rules

Yale-New Haven Hospital researchers studied the impact of the new work rules on length of stay, 30-day readmission rates and medication errors at their hospital. What did they find? An excerpt from the New York Times article:
The teaching services saw a decrease in transfers to the intensive care unit, a decrease in medication errors and an increase in discharges to home or rehabilitation. After adjusting for other variables, there was also a significant decrease in deaths. While drug interaction errors increased, they also increased on the nonteaching service, probably because of the addition of new interaction rules to the database.
Click here to read the NYT article. Click here to access the Annals of Internal Medicine abstract.

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