Avoid Going to the Hospital on Thursdays
January 18, 2007
The United Kingdom's Institute for Public Policy Research found that Thursday is the worst day of the week to be admitted into a hospital.
Excluding patients admitted for emergency treatments or long stays, patients admitted on a Thursday spent 6.3 days in hospital, on average -- a full day longer than those who were admitted on Sundays.
Those entering on a Friday spent 6.1 days in the hospital, on average, and those admitted on Sunday spent only 5.3 days hospitalized. The probable reason is delays caused by the weekend reduction in staff. It is better for patients to spend less time hospitalized, as this saves money and reduces the risk of infections such as MRSA.