Journal article

Elevated mortality among weekend hospital admissions is not associated with adoption of seven day clinical standards

Rachel Meacock, Matt Sutton

EMERGENCY MEDICINE JOURNAL | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Patients admitted to hospital in an emergency at weekends have been found to experience higher mortality rates than those admitted during the week. The National Health Service (NHS) in England has introduced four priority clinical standards for emergency hospital care with the objective of reducing deaths associated with this 'weekend effect'. This study aimed to determine whether adoption of these clinical standards is associated with the extent to which weekend mortality is elevated. METHODS: We used publicly available data on performance against the four priority clinical standards in 2015 and estimates of Trusts' weekend effects between 2013/2014 and 2015/2016 for 123 NHS T..

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