Originally Posted by Winged Scapula
For me, its not about 80 hours; its about staying up all night, with little to no sleep.
I think most of us agree that there is no data that working more than 80 hours negatively impacts patient care but that there is good data that going without sleep for extended periods of time impacts most people. I say most, because I don't need much more than 4 or 5 hours to feel normal. 1 hour? I'd probably feel worse than if I stayed up the whole night, but that's me.
There is acutally a research done at USC (trauma devision i believe) that showed the mortality rate was the same but morbidity rate increased after the 80 hours restriction was started. Bias? I dont know, but for someone working in Europe, when we compare our mortality and morbidity rates with busy centers in US we can not argue in the favour of our 56 h work weeks!