To be discharged during the Christmas holidays is extremely dangerous

During the new year holidays the best of hospitals is not to be discharged. The study showed that at discharge into the holiday season increases the likelihood of deaths or re-hospitalizations.

Prescribed from the hospital over the festive period, the patients more often die or end up back in a hospital bed, as the study showed. The authors explain the obtained results that during the new year holidays, the possibility of obtaining qualified medical care is reduced because it reduces the number of available doctors and nurses. Canadian researchers analyzed more than 217 thousand patients who were discharged from hospitals in Ontario during a two-week December-January holiday season between 2002 and 2016. These statistics were compared with data on more than 453 thousand patients who were discharged during the other periods in late November and January in order to compare the different times of discharge.

It turned out that the patients from the first group had an increased risk of death or re-hospitalization in the following 7, 14 and 30 days. The study also showed that prescribed in the new year holidays, patients a third less likely to have met with doctors over the next 7 days, perhaps because the doctors just don’t have time for it. Overall, 100 of thousands of patients were noted in 27 deaths and 188 episodes of repeated hospitalizations is higher among those who were discharged during the Christmas holidays. In addition, this category was also noted on the 483 additional off-site office delayed care longer than those who were discharged to another time period.

However, repeated hospitalizations, and even death in the Christmas period is not always due to fewer doctors and less access to medical care. During this period, people engage in more dangerous activities. For example, they are more likely to abuse alcohol, less likely to comply with, bonfires and fireworks, as well as practice activities that are dangerous by themselves. (READ MORE)