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Having your elective operation later in the week increases the risk of dying, research suggests

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3485
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The later in the week elective surgery takes place, the greater the chance of the patient dying, a study at Imperial College London has found.1

The research team found marked differences in death rates between days; deaths within 30 days of the operation were 44% higher if it occurred on a Friday rather than on a Monday (odds ratio 1.44, 95% confidence interval 1.39 to 1.50), and 82% higher if it occurred at the …

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