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What to Bring for Overnight Call

Posted by medliorator on July 23, 2008

by Adam Kawalek:

1. Toothbrush: Nothing is worse than presenting a morning case with bad breath. Don’t fret over toothpaste, as you can often find small tubes that are provided to patients. Be sure to make friends with your nurse, as he or she will gladly direct you to the stash of patient hygiene products (including toothbrushes if you forgot one).

5. Phone charger: Hospitals get poor mobile phone reception. Bring your charger so that you can focus on dying patients, not your dying cell phone.

7. Backpack: It goes without saying that you will need a bag of some kind. My advice is to choose a subdued, dark-colored, and easily hidden bag for your things. Ladies, avoid large, fancy purses; they are easily spotted and oftentimes go missing.

10. Warm clothes: Hospitals get notoriously cold at night.

What Should I Bring on Overnight Call? [Medscape]

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