Study finds hospital mortality higher on weekends

A study in the Archives of Surgery has found that patient mortality is significantly higher on weekends. 

The study examined data for non-elective procedures for patients admitted to community hospitals from across the country for  2003 – 2007. 

Mortality was found to be 10.5% higher during weekends

The authors conclude that differences in hospital staffing and services offered during the weekend compared with weekdays are part of the reason for this.

(Sources: Patient Safety Monitor Alert, http://www.hcpro.com, May 18, 2011; The Archives of Surgery, http://archsurg.ama-assn.org, May 2011)