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Comment & Response
March 2014

Acutely Ill Patients Will Likely Benefit From More Monitoring, Not Less

Author Affiliations
  • 1Connected Health, VNA Health Group, Red Bank, New Jersey
JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(3):475. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.13032

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.

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