When is the Worst Time of the Week to Schedule an Operation?
According to a recent article in Mens Health News, one should never schedule an operation on the weekend. If during the weekend an emergency arises, then of course we have no choice, otherwise, opt for the first part of the week.
A recent article in the British Medical Journal states that death rates are higher for patients who schedule surgeries at the end of the week. Researchers analyzed medical records for more than 4 million planned surgical procedures and found that a patient’s risk of death was 44 percent higher if he or she had surgery on a Friday, and 82 percent higher on a weekend, compared to a Monday.
The study authors say more research is needed to fully explain the link, but they hypothesize that the quality of medical care drops on the weekends.