Stay out of the Hospital this weekend – or any other weekend for that matter.

It has long been a whispered secret that hospital care is poorer on the weekend than it is during the week.  Now there is some scientific heft to support the whispers.  The prestigious medical publication, Archives of Surgery, published a study in its May issue which examined death rates for patients admitted on a non-elective basis to hospitals across the United States to see whether being admitted on the weekend made death more likely than admission during the week.  After adjusting for such factors as age, sex, race, income level, payer and many others, the researchers came to the conclusion that a patient was 10% more likely to die if admitted on the weekend. 

Presumably, the cause of the increased likelihood of death is poorer care on the weekends.  All of this leads back to the need for patients and their families to be proactive when in the hospital.  Just because a doctor or nurse says it doesn’t make it true.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and to insist on things being done properly.  Your life may depend on it.

Here is a link to an abstract of the article.  http://archsurg.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/146/5/545

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