Week­ends, nights most deadly time

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

NIGHTS and week­ends have been con­firmed as a hos­pi­tal’s most deadly time, but not for the rea­sons com­monly sus­pected.

Re­searchers re­viewed data on deaths in in­ten­sive care wards ( ICUs) across 41 Aus­tralian hos­pi­tals, over eight years to 2008.

It showed those

pa­tients ad­mit­ted to the ICU af­ter nor­mal busi­ness hours had a 17 per cent mor­tal­ity rate, com­pared with 14 per cent for those ad­mit­ted dur­ing the day.

The sur­vival gap was even big­ger on week­ends, with the hos­pi­tals seen to lose 20 per cent of pa­tients ad­mit­ted com­pared to 14 per cent for

ad­mit­ted those week.

The re­search is pub­lished in the Med­i­cal Jour­nal of Aus­tralia.

Dr Deepak Bhona­giri said the fig­ures showed that peo­ple suf­fer more se­ri­ous in­juries out­side of busi­ness hours and so ICUs also han­dle more dif­fi­cult cases.

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