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Wed, 19 Jun 2002 15:43:00 EDT
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In a message dated 6/19/2002 3:26:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes: << 2. I do not agree with the sentiment that the U.S. community of patients will rise up in revolt and demand greater continuity of care from their physicians once these regulations are implemented. After all, we are speaking of residents, not attendings. The attending will most likely continue seeing the patient and family every day (or more, depending on severity/acuity) irrespective of which resident team is on and what residents have been dismissed home to comply with the 80 - hour /week >> Caesar-- This is precisely my major problem with these "rules"--do you not see the dramatic inconsistency in what you just said???? Yes--attandings provide the continuity! Just as they always do. AND--the overwhelming majority of patients in this country see fully trained surgeons--NOT residents. How is THEIR safety being assured?--there are NO regulations on attending hours--thus, obviously it is OK for them to be awake and fatigued without limit or regulation. First--reconcile this glaring non sequitur for me??? Second--just when, exactly, is a surgeon-in-training supposed to learn exactly how long it sometimes takes to care for patients--that there are times when patient care may mean being up more than 36 hours at a stretch, and more than 80 hours/week? The day after they finish their training? Explain, please! ERF