Saturday, October 08, 2005


aSunday October 9, 2005
M-F 9-5 ICUs ?

contributed by: Wanda Lewis - Critical Care Nurse at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston - Texas

4 years ago one of the largest study in history looking into 3.8 millions lives over 10 years done in Toronto, Canada - clearly showed that: "...the relative increase in mortality associated with weekend admission appeared to be greatest for the conditions that were especially lethal". (PE was in top 3). Isn't many many ICUs in our country are in reality still functioning as M-F 9-5 ?

Recommended reading: Click on link to go to reference.
Mortality among Patients Admitted to Hospitals on Weekends - NEJM 08/30/2001