Los doctores que sólo salen de noche – Boston Globe

The doctors who only come out at night

The fifth-floor call room at Boston Children’s Hospital is Dr. Sarah Henry’s home away from home.

She stashes chicken masala dinners and low-fat yogurt in the refrigerator and makes sure the janitor puts fresh white sheets on the bed. She hopes to sleep between 1 a.m. and 4 a.m. but knows there are no guarantees in her position.

Henry, 66, is Children’s chief “nocturnalist.” Her specialty: overnights.

Amid the growing national focus on patient safety, hospitals are increasingly hiring experienced physicians to work overnight shifts on general medical floors. Residents — doctors in training — and nurses often have managed patients during these off hours, with help from attending, or staff, physicians on-call at home.

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