75% of anesthesiologists say surgeons' OR hours should be capped

Anesthesiologists are more likely than other physicians to support capping work hours for surgeons and others delivering care in the operating room, according to a Medscape poll.

Medscape asked 3,062 respondents whether surgeons' hours should be capped to reduce harmful mistakes. Here's how anesthesiologists responded compared to other specialties:

Yes
Anesthesiologists: 75 percent
Internal medicine: 65 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 54 percent
General surgery: 58 percent

No
Anesthesiologists: 16 percent
Internal medicine: 27 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 37 percent
General surgery: 33 percent

Unsure
Anesthesiologists: 9 percent
Internal medicine: 8 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 9 percent
General surgery: 9 percent

They were also asked whether the hours should be capped for other professionals besides surgeons working in the OR, such as nurses and anesthesiologists. Here are the results:

Yes
Anesthesiologists: 74 percent
Internal medicine: 69 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 58 percent
General surgery: 63 percent

No
Anesthesiologists: 17 percent
Internal medicine: 24 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 33 percent
General surgery: 28 percent

Unsure
Anesthesiologists: 9 percent
Internal medicine: 6 percent
Orthopedic surgery: 9 percent
General surgery: 9 percent

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