Thursday, September 25, 2014

Have Your Surgery on Monday!

That's the recommendation of the authors of a New Scientist article that looks at 7 "things you shouldn't let your doctor do".  Number 2 on their list is the recommendation not to undergo surgery on Friday's (unless it's an emergency, of course) because
People who have surgery on Fridays have a 44 per cent higher risk of death than those who go under the knife on Mondays, a study found last year.
Patients tend to get worse post-operative care at weekends because hospitals have fewer staff in, and those who are around tend to be more junior. "That first 48 hours is the most critical part of a patient's recovery from an operation," says Paul Aylin of Imperial College London, who carried out the study.
Aylin is quick to point out, however, that most kinds of non-urgent surgery have a low risk of death to begin with – often less than 1 per cent – so a 44 per cent increase is still a small risk in absolute terms. Still, when it's your life on the line, every little helps.
There are six others such suggestions, all of which are fascinating, so click here to read the rest of the article.