Every hospital admission dramatically increases the hospital house staff's work for that day - and you increase the chances of poor healthcare if you arrive the same time as too many others. Worse, you even increase your chances of dying while in hospital.
A new study has discovered that the number of hospital admissions has a direct bearing on care and even if you get out of the place alive.
Researchers analysed the progress of 5,742 patients who were admitted to a training hospital between 1998 and 2001. They found that the hospital's breaking point was coping with nine admissions a day. Each of those nine was more than one times more likely to die in the hospital than a patient admitted on a quieter day.
(Source: Archives of Internal Medicine, 2007; 167: 47-52).
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