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Role of Sleepiness in Vehicle and Labor Accidents in Health Care Workers in the Hospital Universitario de Caracas in Venezuela FREE TO VIEW

Gur Y. Levy, MD*; Yumaira Hernandez, MD; Maria Lozada, MD; Jose M. Lopez, MD
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Hospital Universitario de Caracas, Caracas, Venezuela


Chest. 2004;126(4_MeetingAbstracts):905S. doi:10.1378/chest.126.4_MeetingAbstracts.905S
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PURPOSE:  Evaluate the influence of diurnal chronic somnolence and snoring in transit and labor accidents in the Health Team Workers (HTW) from the Hospital Universitario de Caracas.

METHODS:  A self reported questionnaire was obtained from HTW, which involved the following items: Short form sleep outcomes evaluation, Epworth sleepiness scale, alcohol consumption, labor and, vehicles accidents during the last five years, snoring history and employment status.

RESULTS:  202 HTW were recruited, 106 females and 96 males. Thirty one per cent has somnolence according to the Epworth sleepiness scale greater than 10 points.

CONCLUSION:  This study shows that HTW from the Hospital Universitario de Caracas with diurnal chronic somnolence have seven-fold increase of labor accident. This finding could be related to labor shifts, sleep deprivation and other biological rhythm effect.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS:  Labor accidents attempt against the patient and HTW, therefore it is necessary to provide anchor sleep periods during the execution of prolonged labor shifts and better legislation on work hours for the HTW. SomnolencepYes (n:63) (31%)No (n:139) (69%)Age32,9±6,7135,9±9,49nsGender (F)32 (50,8%)74 (53,2%)nsIBM (Kg/m2)23,8±3,7324,98±3,52nsHours of sleep5,97±1,146,40±1,15nsSnorers11 (17,5%)17 (12,2%)nsLabor accidents in the last 5 years13 (20,6%)4 (2,9%)p<(0,001)Vehicle accidents in the last 5 years0,6±1,140,41±0,81nsNight shift51 (81%)81 (58,3%)p<(0,01)Epworth scale12,49±2,666,14±2,19p<(0,001)

DISCLOSURE:  G.Y. Levy, None.

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

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