Surgeries on the weekend lead to death more often, research says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – New research has found that people who schedule elective surgeries either at the week’s end or on the weekend are more likely to die than those who scheduled earlier in the week.

Researchers say it’s because complications following surgery surface about 48 hours after a procedure.

If someone has to wait until the following week or are seen by a limited or less experienced crew of healthcare providers, the chance of survival grows slim.

The study was compiled after following more than 4 million patients who underwent elective surgery.

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