Consultant input to children’s intensive care at weekends keeps mortality at weekday rates

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 03 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2897
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Children admitted to intensive care units as out-of-hours emergencies in England and Wales were no more likely to die than those who arrived during normal working hours, a study has found.

The study looked at 86 000 admissions to 29 paediatric intensive care units in England and Wales between 2006 and 2011.

The findings, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, showed that nearly half the children were admitted to intensive care units outside of working hours(40 948 (47%)). Risk adjusted mortality was no higher for those children admitted in the evenings and weekends than during the week (odds ratio 1.1, P=0.013). …

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