Weekend and Holiday Admissions Increase Risk of Hospital Deaths

Patients treated in Welsh hospitals for upper gastrointestinal bleeding were 41 percent more likely die if they were admitted on a public holiday, and 13 percent more likely to die if they were admitted during a weekend.

Researchers who analyzed the records of more than 22,000 people found that admissions, but not death rates, were significantly influenced by social deprivation.

Eurekalert reports:

“Upper gastrointestinal bleeding, which can be caused by conditions such as peptic ulcers and gastritis -- an inflammation of the stomach lining often caused by alcohol -- results in approximately 25,000 hospital admissions a year across the UK. The highest rates reported are in Scotland, with the lowest rates often in southern England.”

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