Whether your surgery is at night or in morning matters little

Working late hours doesn't affect surgeons' skills, according to a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers analyzed outcomes for 12 surgical procedures among 37,978 patients and 1,448 physicians. Those surgeons who worked the night shift were compared to those who worked the morning shift. The difference among the mortality rates--22.4 percent for the late-shift surgeries versus 22.2 percent among the morning shift procedures--were negligible. However, medical professionals who have examined the study voiced concern that sleep deprivation of the surgeons was not taken into account in the study. Read the full story at FierceHealthcare

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