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<p>The floors are quiet, patients are asleep, and residents are trying to either catch some shut-eye or catch up on paperwork. The rush of the evening hours in the emergency department has ended. Yet the wee hours of the morning — 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. — are when doctors think the hospital is at its least safe, according to a new study.<sup>1</sup></p>

Patient safety on the night shift

Docs say 4-7 am is the most dangerous time in a hospital