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Weekend hospitalization and additional risk of death: an analysis of inpatient data.

Freemantle N, Richardson M, Wood J, et al. Weekend hospitalization and additional risk of death: An analysis of inpatient data. J R Soc Med. 2012;105(2). doi:10.1258/jrsm.2012.120009.

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February 29, 2012
Freemantle N, Richardson M, Wood J, et al. J R Soc Med. 2012;105(2).

Past studies have described the relationship between weekend care and overall complications, delays in urgent procedures, survival from in-hospital cardiac arrest, and mortality from acute myocardial infarction. Weekend admissions have also been associated with 10% higher odds of death. This study adds to the existing literature by analyzing more than 14 million admissions to the National Health Service Hospitals in England. Investigators found a higher rate of 30-day deaths for weekend admissions compared to midweek ones. Of note, there was a reduced risk of deaths occurring on the weekends themselves; the risk came on subsequent days. The authors highlight the economic tradeoffs that must be considered in determining whether providing equivalent care on weekends is a viable investment of limited resources.

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Freemantle N, Richardson M, Wood J, et al. Weekend hospitalization and additional risk of death: An analysis of inpatient data. J R Soc Med. 2012;105(2). doi:10.1258/jrsm.2012.120009.

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