To the Editor Applause to Yoder et al1 and Inouye et al2 for drawing attention to the important but infrequently discussed problems of waking up hospitalized patients while they are trying to rest.
The article by Yoder et al1 suggests checking vital signs less frequently for low-risk patients. However, US patients who are hospitalized nowadays are admitted for increasingly higher-acuity and complex care, as health care clinicians engage in efforts to prevent hospital admissions and pursue outpatient treatment when feasible.
Dombrowski W. Acutely Ill Patients Will Likely Benefit From More Monitoring, Not Less. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):475. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13032