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Hospital routines may be making patients sicker

(Reuters Health) Interrupted sleep and withholding of food can make hospitalized patients sicker, according to three U.S. physicians who say patient safety in hospitals is not just a matter of preventing falls and infections…
[T]hey point out that adequate sleep and nutrition are key to keeping the immune system strong, but noisy hospital conditions and long wait times may be compromising the body's defenses.
The authors, all from Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, say poor nutrition, present in up to half of all hospital patients - can contribute to inflammation, muscle breakdown and organ damage.
Sleep and nutrition have always been an issue in hospitals, but longer wait times make the problem worse, said coauthor Dr. Martin Makary, a surgeon, health policy researcher and author of “Unaccountable,” a book about transparency in medicine.
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