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Higher death rate among hospital patients admitted at weekends has several causes, report finds

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d7791 (Published 30 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7791
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Patients admitted to hospitals as emergency cases at weekends have a greater chance of dying than those admitted during the week, concludes the health analysis company Dr Foster.

The reason could be a different patient mix caused by a lack of community and primary care services at the weekend, a lack of consultants on the wards, or changed staffing levels. The difference, says Dr Foster in its 2011 hospital guide, is “worrying”: while the overall death rate for emergency admissions is 7.4% during the week, it is 8.1% …

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