Why Sleep Deprivation is Dangerous


When I woke up this morning, I decided to make a pot of coffee. I have made a pot of coffee, probably close to 2500 times in my life. Essentially, every morning for the past ten years or so.  However, this morning, not unlike most mornings, I was still half asleep when doing it. In the process of preparing it, I failed to to put the basket into the maker, and instead put the coffee grounds and filter, directly into the area where the basket normally sits. I then started the machine, and went to take a shower, only to come back and find coffee grounds and spilled coffee all over the counter top and floor. Awesome.  Point of this story? Even if you have done a procedure 2500 times before, you can still royally F it up when you are doing it half asleep. Application to medicine? Check. Mental note made? Check.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on July 5, 2012, in Emergency Medicine. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. And that’s with an incredibly simple procedure; very poignant point! Have you written an opinion on the new policy of limiting residents’ work hours? I would be interested to hear what you have to say on the issue…

    • My opinion is fairly straight forward. I am ALL FOR limiting the number of hours I have to work, lol. You’re right though, might make for a good post topic. I’ll have to put something together.

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