Author Affiliation: Department of Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle.
This landmark study1 provides the first comprehensive assessment of surgical intern home call as it relates to patient outcomes. This study included objective, prospectively gathered surgical in-patient perioperative morbidity and mortality using the Veterans Affairs National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data set. During the first era (1999-2003), interns took in-hospital call and during the second (2004-2010), interns took home call. The question raised was whether intern home call correlated with increased rates for postoperative morbidity and mortality compared with intern in-hospital call. The findings did not show an association between intern home call and detrimental postoperative outcomes.
Horvath K. A Call on Home CallComment on “The Influence of Intern Home Call on Objectively Measured Perioperative Outcomes”. JAMA Surg. 2013;148(4):352. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2013.1130