Weekends, nights most deadly time
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.