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Hospitals turning to nocturnists to improve care

from The Washington Post

Being in a hospital at night or over a weekend can be hazardous to your health, and even has a name: "The weekend effect." A raft of studies has documented higher rates of death, complications and medical errors affecting patients treated at night or on weekends. To bridge the chasm between the day and night shifts, hospitals are hiring a new breed of subspecialist called a "nocturnist" — an experienced doctor who works overnight taking care of patients outside the emergency room. more

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