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Strategies for nurses to prevent sleep-related injuries and errors.

Authors
Caruso-CC; Hitchcock-EM
Source
Rehabil Nurs 2010 Sep/Oct; 35(5):192-197
NIOSHTIC No.
20037520
Abstract
Rehabilitation nurses work shift schedules or long hours to provide essential patient services around the clock. These demanding hours can lead to sleep difficulties, declines in performance, and increased worker errors. This article gives an overview of selected declines in cognitive performance that are associated with inadequate sleep and several factors that increase risk for fatigue-related errors. Selected strategies for nurses and managers to reduce these risks are discussed, such as better sleep practices, improved work schedule design, naps, caffeine, exposure to light, and rest breaks. Both nurses and managers share responsibility for implementing strategies to reduce risks from inadequate sleep.
Keywords
Nurses; Nursing; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Occupational-health-nursing; Health-care-facilities; Medical-facilities; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Sleep-deprivation; Mental-fatigue; Mental-stress; Job-stress; Work-analysis; Work-intervals; Work-performance; Risk-factors; Management-personnel; Rest-periods; Shift-work; Physical-therapy; Lighting; Author Keywords: injury prevention; nurses; safety issues
Publication Date
20100901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ccaruso@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0278-4807
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
Source Name
Rehabilitation Nursing
State
OH
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