Avoid Going to the Hospital on Thursdays

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January 18, 2007 | 10,034 views


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.


Not dissimilarly, deaths attributed to medication errors rise by as much as 25 percent above normal in the first few days of every month, because there isn't enough staff to handle the beginning-of-the-month spike in prescriptions.

And these factors aren't even taking into account the wacky ways conventional medicine operates, as in the sad case of a little boy and fish bone that took a battery of doctors more than two years to diagnose and treat correctly.

They're also not including the fact that some hospitals are more dangerous than others.

Being admitted on a Saturday (5.5 days) or Sunday was associated with the shortest hospital stays. That's very interesting, considering another British study found Monday to be the most stressful day of the week, resulting in fatal jumps in blood pressure ...

On Vital Votes, reader Josh from Vista, California says:

"I am just commenting on experience, but it is sad what goes on in most hospitals and nursing homes. I was an OT for years in hospitals and nursing homes and after 7 years had to leave.

Between  unethical behaviors by insurance companies, the lack of empathy and sympathy of all the medical staff towards patients, people being overworked, patients being neglected and so forth.

I am sure there are lots of great hospitals, nursing homes and staff to go along with it. But I found most patients coming in with one thing and contracting MRSA, VRE, C-Diff, getting bed sores, sepsis, or even becoming dehydrated.

This made their stay longer, their symptoms worse and sometimes you even see death from these things. My wife's grandmother went into the hospital last year for a fall. Nothing too big, but contracted sepsis and C-Diff while in and ended up dying as a result.

Once again, the more we focus on prevention, the less things like this will occur, the less crowded our hospitals will be and the faster one will bounce back from a surgery, injury and so forth."

I couldn't agree more.

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