Night Float

A house officer on a dedicated night schedule who takes admissions for an on-call team after a certain hour—e.g., midnight; the night float’s admission are transferred to another team in the morning
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The data obtained eventually resulted in elimination of the night float and a reinvention of this team as a "day float" (DF) team.
Overall, 76% of programs employed a night float for any period of time, and 71% currently had one, on average for 6.
5) Some studies have assessed resident opinion of night float experiences, but none describe how residency programs evaluate their residents' work on float rotations.
The night float system of resident on call: what do the nurses think?
Effects of a night float system on housestaff neuropsychologic function.
The impact of the night float system on internal medicine residency programs.
Another program that added night float and weekend cross-coverage significantly boosted the number of cases for the chief residents.
For a division of labor to accommodate the shorter hours, another solution would be to have a night float team and a day team of residents.
In that study, researchers randomly assigned 4 teams of interns to either a 2003-compliant schedule, with interns on call every fourth night with a 30-hour duty limit, or one of two 2011-compliant models with 16-hour duty limits 6 either being on call every fifth night, or a night float schedule, which is basically working from early evening to the early morning.
In fact, the 2011-compliant night float model was deemed so bad for quality of care that it was terminated early, according to the authors.
For division of the labor to accommodate the shorter hours, another solution would be to have a night float team and a day team of residents.
To limit resident work hours, my hospital has resorted to at least two devices: night floats and day floats.