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July 17, 1987 - Image 5

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The Michigan Daily, Friday, July 17, 1987- Page 5
Sleepless interns
may affect safety
(Continued from Page 3) the country."
discBUT McKnight and others see a But Turck said, "I don't believe a
definite problem. "It's not in comprehensive survey has been done
anybody's interest to work 120 across the country."
hours a week in dealing with patient Turck was unaware of the number
care"~ of hours that resident doctors
McKnight cited a case in which a worked. "I'm sure they work more
teenage girl died in a New York than a 9-5 schedule."
hospital after resident doctors treated He added that even with their
the girl. The New York State Health busy work schedule, the quality of
Commission concluded the doctors care or the University reputation was
were "overworked and not suffering. "Our workload is
undersupervised." driven by our success," he said.
House Officer Association (HOA) T U R CK thinks their fail-safe
President and sixth-year resident, relief mechanism known as a "four-
Reginald Baugh said, "It's not good tier call system" would prevent an
safe care if a person hasn't gotten incident such as the one in New
much sleep. Health care definitely York froth happening here. Under
suffers because of it." this system, up to three doctors can
Although McKnight said that the "take themselves out of service" if
hospital administrators' "level of they feel unable to work on a
consciousness has been raised about patient. In such a case, the fourth
the potential threat due to excessive and ultimate back-up doctor, usually
hours," the contract still remains a fully-certified doctor, would be
unsettled, called in.
HE added that the resident doctor But McKnight has received
program at the hospital is "one of reports from patients of instances
the most oppressive resident where the resident was "falling
programs in the state and is one of asleep on his feet."
the roughest, if not the roughest, in
"By and large the Hospital staff

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Diag diversions
Three members of a local band, Before or After, play before a sparse crowd on the Diag. The band is trying to
raise money for the Michigan International Relations Society, which runs a lecture series on international
issues and sponsors model United Nations meetings across the country.

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