Weekend hospitalizations lead to longer stays

Research shows when patients get admitted to the hospital on Friday night or over the weekend, they stay in the hospital longer than those admitted Monday through Thursday, Forbes reported. The so-called weekend effect leads to unnecessary costs and a greater risk of complications or errors. The issue stems from a lack of clinical services on the weekends, when many diagnostic and interventional services shut down except to handle life-threatening problems, according to the article. Weekends also involve less coordinated care, as physicians often come to the hospital later in the day and wait until the following morning to check test results. Article

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