This large observational study found that despite variability in risk for clinical deterioration (as defined by a MEWS score) patients often had overnight vital signs checked, with little risk of adverse events. There are likely a large sample of hospitalized patients that do not need overnight vitals checked, which could reduce sleep interruption and increase patient satisfaction (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.