Night Shift (spoilers for those about to have extended hospital stays)
You have good reason to be afraid of hospitals in the middle of the night, suggests an article in the latest New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. David Shulkin, CEO of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, writes that reduced staffing in the wee hours may mean a "stark discrepancy in quality between daytime and nighttime inpatient services." From "Like Night and Day: Shedding Light on Off-Hours Care":
The consequences of service deficiencies during off-hours include higher mortality and readmission rates, more surgical complications, and more medical errors…
Hat tip: A Healthy Blog.