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Day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics

Creator:

British Medical Journal

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

Abstract To assess the association between mortality and the day of elective surgical procedure.Design Retrospective analysis of national hospital administrative data.Setting All acute and specialist English hospitals carrying out elective surgery over three financial years, from 2008-09 to 2010-11.Participants Patients undergoing elective surgery in English public hospitals. Main outcome measureDeath in or out of hospital within 30 days of the procedure.ResultsThere were 27 582 deaths within 30 days after 4 133 346 inpatient admissions for elective operating room procedures (overall crude mortality rate 6.7 per 1000). The number of weekday and weekend procedures decreased over the three years (by 4.5% and 26.8%, respectively). The adjusted odds of death were 44% and 82% higher, respectively, if the procedures were carried out on Friday (odds ratio 1.44, 95% confidence interval 1.39 to 1.50) or a weekend (1.82, 1.71 to 1.94) compared with Monday. ConclusionsThe study suggests a higher risk of death for patients who have elective surgical procedures carried out later in the working week and at the weekend. Read more here.  

Date:

30/05/2013

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

British Medical Journal. (2013) Day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/490547 [Accessed: 16th September 2019].

  

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