Hospital admissions over weekends have been associated with worse outcomes in a variety of patient populations. The cause for this remains unclear. Authors of a recent study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases investigated this question by examining the mortality of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on weekends. They found that maintenance dialysis patients admitted on weekends have increased mortality rates and longer lengths of stay compared with those admitted on weekdays. Dr. Ankit Sakhuja (AS), corresponding and first author, discusses this topic with Dr. Kellie Calderon (eAJKD), eAJKD Advisory Board member.
eAJKD: Your work is the first to examine the mortality of ESRD patients based on the hospital admission day of the week. What was your inspiration for this research?
AS: The increased “weekend mortality” has been shown in a lot of acute conditions. This has previously been studied in the general population. We focused on maintenance dialysis…
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