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Nighttime Docs at ICUs Don't Boost Patient Outcomes: Study
Date:5/20/2013

CU, how long their hospital stay was, in-hospital death rates, ICU readmissions or discharge to home. The researchers said this held true even among the most critically ill patients or those admitted at night.

"This tells me that residents and nurses are well qualified and completely competent to handle these patients," Kerlin said in a news release from the medical school. "As long as nurses and residents have access to an on-call attending physician, then the patient will do as well as if the senior doctor was at their bedside."

The study also found that medical residents believe nighttime attending physicians provide needed support and enhance the doctors'-in-training learning experience. The researchers noted hospitals may want to consider residents' opinions when making a decision on this staffing issue.

The study was published online May 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine to coincide with a presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in Philadelphia.

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-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, news release, May 20, 2013


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