Journal Article

Increased mortality associated with weekend hospital admission: a case for expanded seven day services?

Freemantle N; Ray D; McNulty D; Rosser D; Bennett S; Keogh BE; Pagano D.

This commentary discusses the weekend effect, in which hospital admission on the weekend confers a higher risk for mortality, and proposes increased services on the weekend in order to ensure safe care. The authors note that it is unclear what factors lead to higher mortality on the weekend. Since the weekend effect exists across multiple care settings, examining off-hours staffing more broadly will likely improve patient safety.