I was reading in a recent AARP Magazine that actor Dennis Quaid has gotten behind an initiative to work for less human error in hospitals across the country. The article alluded to the case of a nurse in a maternity ward who had been working some 18 hours straight when she mistakenly hooked up an IV bag to an expectant mother — with the wrong medicine. An emergency C-section saved the baby, but the mother died. This dedicated nurse was initially charged with manslaughter, but it was eventually reduced to a misdemeanor… The day I read the article, I found myself in a discussion with two Emory University medical students in Georgia. They said it is typical for these types of nurses, emergency room doctors, and so on, to work quite extended shifts. And while this provides more continuity of care for people being treated (as opposed to, say, a new doctor coming into the ER every eight hours), the down side is common sense says their efficiency levels drop concurrent to each extra hour they work. Common sense also says, well, you want your doctors and nurses as fresh as possible when they’re working on you. (I mean, I even like to get our vehicle to the mechanic as early as possible in the day for the same reason.) Under ‘Average JoeCare’ (ibid. ObamaCare), we would propose a limit on how many hours a doctor or nurse can work in a day — something like eight. For example, the Interstate Commerce Commission only allows long-distance, truck drivers to drive something like 10 hours in a day, and they have to keep logs to verify it. It only stands to reason that there would be less ‘human error’ in hospitals, and other medical settings, if the personnel weren’t overworked. Note: While working out in the weight room at the YMCA in Decatur, Georgia, yesterday, I noticed a man with a t-shirt that read: Waffle House: No grits. No glory.