This large cohort of elective surgical patients found those that underwent surgery later in the week or on a weekend had higher 30 day mortality compared to those that underwent surgery earlier in the week. Although uncontrolled confounding may have affected the results, the authors speculate the risk may be higher due to lower staffing on weekends (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.