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Risk of death or readmission among people discharged from hospital on Fridays


The timing of patient interventions can significantly affect outcomes. A study in the United Kingdom showed that patients discharged from intensive care units at night had a higher hospital mortality than those discharged during the day. In a study of acute care admissions from emergency departments in Ontario, patients with some serious medical conditions were more likely to die in hospital if they were admitted on a weekend than if they were admitted on a weekday.



van Walraven C, Bell CM. CMAJ. 2002; 166(13):1672-3.

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