Outcome in patients admitted outside regular hospital working hours: Does time until regular working hours matter?

Wiley: 8/4/14


The aim of this study was to investigate whether stratifying patients according to the time period from admission to the start of regular working hours would help detect a weekend effect in acute stroke patients.


Ischemic stroke patients admitted between October 2002 and March 2012 were analyzed. Working hours were defined as 9:00–17:00 on weekdays. Patients were divided into those admitted during working hours (no-wait group) and three other groups according to the time from admission to working hours: ≤24 h (short-wait group), 24–48 h (medium-wait group), and >48 h (long-wait group). The modified Rankin Scale score and mortality at three-months were compared among the groups. Read More

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