1VA National Center for Ethics in Health Care, US Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC;2NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York;3Department of Emergency Medicine, SUNY-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York;4Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, Baltimore, Maryland.
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The “Things We Do for No Reason” (TWDFNR) series reviews practices which have become common parts of hospital care but which may provide little value to our patients. Practices reviewed in the TWDFNR series do not represent “black and white” conclusions or clinical practice standards, but are meant as a starting place for research and active discussions among hospitalists and patients. We invite you to be part of that discussion.