Higher mortality rates for patients admitted on weekends

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May 18, 2011

A new study in the May issue of Archives of Surgery concludes that patients admitted on weekends have a significantly higher mortality rate than patients admitted during the week, reports MedPage Today.

A review of nearly 30 million patients proved the higher rate of mortality occurred across a range of diagnoses. Weekend admissions were found to have a 10.5% greater chance of dying after the analysis was adjusted for age, sex, race, income, payer, comorbidities, and hospital characteristics. The cause is unknown, but lead author Rocco Ricciardo, MD, MPH, of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, speculated that the change of staffing levels, experience, and services offered during the weekends were part of the cause.