Fridays, weekends and adverse surgical outcomes

The British Medical Journal has published an interesting study report by Aylin & others entitled Day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics.

The study data suggests a markedly higher risk of death for patients who have elective surgical procedures carried out later in the working week and at the weekend.

A helpful short video summary of the study results is available on the BMJ website.


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