Why UK Hospitals Have Higher Death Rates On The Weekends
New findings suggest the death rates at hospitals in the United Kingdom increase over the weekend because fewer but sicker patients are admitted.By Melissa Prax | May 6, 2016
Patients admitted to the hospital on weekends in the U.K. suffer higher death rates than patients admitted on weekdays. But stick with us — there's a reason for that.
Researchers from Manchester University and York University wanted to find out if the higher death rates on weekends had anything to do with staffing numbers.
The study said while fewer patients are admitted in the emergency room on weekends, the people admitted are often sicker, which might explain a higher death rate.