Patient Safety Series
Sleep Deprivation and the Obstetrician
Clark SL
The Female Patient. 2010;35(4):46-48

The topic of sleep deprivation has recently received a good deal of national attention. Not only are 100,000 traffic accidents and 1,500 fatalities annually in the United States linked to drowsy driving, but disasters as diverse as those involving the Exxon Valdez, 3 Mile Island, and Bhopal have been attributed, at least in part, to lack of sleep.1 This review will focus on the implications of sleep deprivation for the practicing obstetrician.


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