A recent article addressed one of the problems patients face while hospitalized: being awakened for medications and blood tests that physicians always seem to need “stat” — right now.
My son-in-law, working as a lab tech many years ago in Southern California, was on night calls and was often called back to the hospital for those stat blood tests. Finally, he decided that if the results were so urgent, he would call the docs back in the middle of the night to report the results.
In a few days, he was receiving no more night calls for immediate blood tests!
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