Journal Article

A 'busy day' effect on perinatal complications of delivery on weekends: a retrospective cohort study.

Snowden JM, Kozhimannil KB, Muoto I, et al. BMJ quality & safety. 2017;26:e1.

This study found that perinatal complications of childbirth, including low Apgar scores, neonatal seizures, and postpartum hemorrhage, were more prevalent during the weekend, echoing the weekend effect in other health settings. Higher patient volume was also associated with worse outcomes, consistent with prior studies of nurse staffing ratios. These results argue for staffing changes to ensure safety at busy times and outside usual business hours.