Why you should avoid hospitals on weekends and holidays
A couple of weeks ago, internist Ashish Jha was working at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital on a Friday afternoon. A patient showed up with a really complicated abscess in his abdomen. “I remember saying to my team, ‘It’s unfortunate the patient came in on a Friday afternoon. It would have been easier if this was a Thursday,'” he said.
Jha wanted to find another physician who had a good technique for draining the pocket of fluid that was causing pain in the patient’s belly, but he knew it’d be hard to get that exact person to come in late on a Friday.
The anecdote highlighted an uncomfortable truth about hospitals. A patient’s fate can sometimes be determined, at least in part, by the day and hour of the week he comes in.
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