September 17, 2015

Association between weekend discharge and readmission

By: OR Manager

Editor's Note

Weekend discharge after major surgical procedures is not associated with higher readmission rates, this study finds.

Readmission rates were similar for those discharged on a weekend vs weekday after AAA repair (8.8% vs 9.3%) and pancreatectomy (17.5% vs 15.9%). Weekend discharge was associated with a lower 30-day readmission rate for patients undergoing colectomy (12.1% vs 14.1%) and hip replacement (6.9% vs 7.7%).

Overall, patients discharged on a weekend had shorter length of stays and were less often discharged to a skilled nursing facility.


Importance Although evidence suggests worse outcomes for patients admitted to the hospital on a weekend, to our knowledge, no previous studies have investigated the effects of weekend discharge. Objective To determine whether weekend discharge would be associated with an increased rate of 30- and 90-day hospital readmission.

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