Things for a hospitalist to remember before leaving for the day

1. Did you order Coumadin on the patient you needed to?

2. Is any patient so sick that you need to sign out to night team?

3. Did you collect your cell phone and ID badge from your coat to take home? You will be surprised that you may forget those many times.

Do not be in a rush to go home as it increases anxiety and you may forget something that needs to be done on a patient. I like diluting my work by pacing well so that I am not too stressed.

Try to live in close proximity to the hospital so that over a period of years you save enormous amount of time.

Sleep at least 7-8 hrs a night during the week you are working. The better the sleep at night is, the easier the work would be the next day.