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

BMJ

This article discusses the findings of an updated analysis of weekend admissions and the implications for service design for acute care in the NHS. It finds that patients admitted at the weekend are more likely to be in the highest category of risk of death and estimates that around 11,000 more patients die each year within 30 days from admission occurring between Friday and Monday compared with admission on the remaining days of the week.

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