Uptick in work-hour violations

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Quick View. Posted Dec. 11, 2006

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More residency programs are cited for work-hour violations, but that could be because officials are looking more closely.

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
Programs reviewed 2,027 2,002 2,363
Programs cited 101 147 187
Citations 135 195 249
Citations by type
Exceeded 80 hours/week 52 31 26
Exceeded 30-hour call 27 31 66
Failed to give 1 day out of 7 off 29 31 28
Failed to meet 10-hour rest 12 19 18
Failed to count in-house moonlighting 9 16 10
Inadequate oversight NA 9 34
Call more than every third night 6 7 11
Other NA 51 56

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education officials said reviewers are looking harder than they did when hours were first capped in 2003. The 30-hour call limit garnered the biggest increase in violations, more than doubling between 2003-04 and 2005-06.

Source: Annual ACGME work-hour data from 2003-06

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