Study: Weekend hospital patients more likely to die

Patients who are injured on the weekend are more likely to have a fatal outcome than those who are hospitalized on a weekday, a Johns Hopkins study found.

The review of 38,675 patient medical records found that older adults who suffer head trauma over the weekend are more likely to die than their counterparts who are injured during the workweek, according to a news release.

The head injuries were more likely to be fatal even if they were less severe or the patient had fewer comorbidities than someone similarly hospitalized on a weekday, the study found.

The results, which were published online in the Journal of Surgical Research, echoed what is already a well-known "weekend effect" in heart attack, stroke and aneurism care.


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