I'm totally donating money to the National Sleep Foundation
Not only because they sponsor the My Pet Loves Sleep Photo Contest (that's this weeks winner , Bitsy Baby Myers at left) but because they co -sponsor legislation that would mandate a fixed maximum of 18 consecutive hours a day for medical interns, with no more than one 18-hour overnight shift a week.
A recent nationwide poll by the Foundation found that 86 percent of people would feel anxious about their safety if their surgeons admitted they had been on duty more than 24 hours.
Seventy percent of those polled said they would ask for a different doctor if this were the case.
This poll calls into question the 14 percent who would say "No worries mate", in response to the news that their surgeon was
Also needing to be slapped are the remaining 30 percent of respondants who, while anxious about their sleepy surgeons, would not request a fresh one. It's what they leave out, and all that.
A recent study by Harvard Medical Schools' No Duh Institute of Stating The Obvious showed that " interns who worked more than five marathon shifts in a month were seven times more likely to report significant medical errors than those who worked no extended shifts. Interns who put in between one and four extended shifts reported that potentially harmful errors were three times more likely than when they were well rested.
Interns who put in more than five 24- to 30-hour shifts in a month were involved in 300 percent more fatal errors than when they did not work extended shifts. They were also more likely to fall asleep during surgery, while examining patients, during hospital rounds, and during lectures or seminars. "- 
The article cited goes on to mention swirling statistics that ,as an intelligent consumer of medical care, should scare the shit out of you. Unless you fall in to that 44 percent unknowing and uncaring demographic.
1) Doctor fatigue hurting patients [Harvard University Gazette]
Harvard Medical School Division Of Sleep Medicine
Many Press Releases That Scream the Obvious [HMSDSM]
Are Residents' Extended Shifts Associated With Adverse Events? Study authored by Mariana Szklo-Coxe, as posted on PLoS
Medicine, a peer reviewed open access journal sponsored by the Public Library Of Science.
Interns crash more after long shifts [Harvard University Gazette]
Interns continue to work overly long shifts, study finds [Harvard University Gazette]
Sleep Research Society cosponsor of legislation.