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Should you be concerned about the 'weekend effect?'

from Forbes

Emergencies happen 24/7 — so why is it when we are admitted to a hospital on a weekend, the care we receive might not be exactly the same as the care we are given during a standard work week? This is the question that many studies and researchers have attempted to evaluate in the past. The bottom line is that the weekend effect exists, is complicated and multifactorial, and there is not one simple answer. At least some of the previous explanations from researchers for the “weekend effect” are related to lower staffing levels (nurses), fewer available specialists, as well as lack of readily available imaging and so-called interventional-type services offered during a typical “work” day from 9-5. more


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