Saturday, December 14, 2013

Friday is a Bad Day to have Surgery

Patients having a routine hospital operation are 24% more likely to die if it is carried out on a Friday rather than a day earlier in the week, a report revealed today. 
A study by Dr Foster, the health statistics company, showed that people who need to recover in hospital over the weekend after a Friday op are not looked after as well as on weekdays because of staff shortages.
The damning report also revealed that: 
* death rates for patients admitted as emergencies at weekends were 20% more likely to die than if they were admitted during the week. 
* patients were six times more likely to get a potentially life saving MRI scan during the week than at weekends. * people admitted at weekends for repairs to broken hips wait longer than two days for treatment.
* patients admitted at the weekend are 3.9% more likely to be readmitted as a medical emergency. 
Roger Taylor, Dr Foster’s director of research, said: “We have now looked at many different aspects of quality of care. 
“Every indicator we look at shows that patients who come to hospitals on weekends get worse care and worse outcomes.
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1 comment:

BOSMAN said...

This is not a story to read while lying on a gurney waiting to be rolled into surgery on a Friday afternoon.

I hope none of my friends opted to have surgery yesterday....BAD CHOICE.