Cardiac Patients Admitted During Week More Likely to Survive
WEDNESDAY, April 16 (HealthDay News) — Your chances for surviving a cardiac arrest are 13.4 percent worse if you are admitted to the hospital on the weekend versus a weekday, according to new research.
Even after taking into account factors such as hospital size and location and the person's age, gender and other illnesses, the lower survival rate remains the same.
"A higher death rate among patients admitted on weekends may be due to lack of resources for treating cardiac arrest," study author Richard M. Dubinsky, of the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, said in a prepared statement
Note to self: If or when I have a heart attack, I'll have to plan it on Monday thru Friday. I would guess Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday would be preferable. Monday, workers are tired from the weekend and Friday they are eager to go home, so if I have a heart attack I'll choose Wednesday, yip that's my plan. I'm glad I was warned.