Don’t get Sick on a Weekend in Canada

It has long been known that people who get sick or injured on the weekends generally have a statistically worse prognosis than those who come in during a normal work day. A recent study by the Canadian Stroke Network demonstrates that this trend persists for sufferers of stroke, indicating that regardless of severity of the infarction a 7.0% chance of death raises to 8.1%, when they walk into the door on a Saturday or Sunday. I think this is clearly just a case of hospital’s bringing up the B squad on off days, but I suppose there could be a more insidious reason: one or two weekend night nurses killing thousands of patients in the lonely late night hours with their syringes full of sodium pentathol?

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