Friday, September 30, 2011

Never on a Sunday - or a Saturday

If Husband has any fault to find with his medical treatment it's the fact that the GP who saw him in the early hours of the first Saturday morning didn't admit him to hospital straightaway. However, having heard a report on the BBC news last night, he's rethinking that complaint.

According to the Royal College of Surgeons of the 170,000 people who undergo emergency non-cardiac operations in a year, 25,000 will die, and if it's emergency abdominal surgery then you're talking highest mortality rates. The report also says that 'the chance of a patient dying in a UK hospital is 10% higher if they are admitted at a weekend rather than during the week.'

So maybe it's a good thing that the first GP just gave him paracetamol and sent him home.

1 comment:

nick said...

I hope I never have to go into hospital. I hear so many horror stories of all the things that go wrong that I wouldn't fancy my chances of coming out alive. And that's not just hysterical paranoia.