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Nurse Fatigue

Fatigue-related impairments are similar to alcohol-related impairments. “Someone who has not slept for 18 hours is as impaired as someone with a 50 mg% blood alcohol level” (Canada Safety Council, 2006).

Nurses who work a shift lasting more than 12.5 hours “are likely to make three times more errors” (Rogers et al., 2004, as cited in CNA & RNAO, 2010).

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