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September 25, 1995

Second Chance

Author Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine Norwalk Hospital Stevens Street Norwalk, CT 06850

Arch Intern Med. 1995;155(17):1833-1835. doi:10.1001/archinte.1995.00430170017002

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Abstract

Having JUST inherited an assignment of patients that I would be caring for on the medical wards, I wondered if there was anyone on my list that I could justifiably release and transfer to private care. Every patient in our team care service must be considered a teaching case. The pressure is such that if the patient does not present with a significant medical condition from which the house staff would educationally benefit, then procedure dictates that the patient would be considered for private care. Decisions to transfer to private care are rendered by the team and must be confirmed by the attending physician to ensure that the best patient care is provided. One particular patient came to mind while I was going over the roster. Most of this patient's workup had been done by the previous team, and there was not much else to contribute except to coordinate his

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