Table 4

Percentage (%) of admissions who died, by day admitted and by when they died

Day of week of admissionMonday–Friday 09:00–17:00
(4385)
Monday–Thursday
00:00–08:59
17:01–23:59
(4849)
Friday 17:01–23:59
Saturday 00:00–23:59
Sunday 00:00–23:59
(4180)
Monday
(2343)
Tuesday
(2073)
Wednesday
(1868)
Thursday
(1811)
Friday
(1721)
Saturday
(1720)
Sunday
(1878)
Day of death (within 0–6 days of being admitted)Monday0.170.340.320.110.520.700.270.250.290.48
Tuesday0.810.100.210.280.410.470.590.360.390.50
Wednesday0.300.390.110.110.000.470.480.180.230.41
Thursday0.430.190.270.280.290.350.370.300.310.33
Friday0.380.390.320.330.170.120.530.320.350.31
Saturday0.130.240.640.170.520.060.270.300.350.19
Sunday0.170.340.320.170.350.170.160.320.210.19
Death within 0–6 days2.391.982.191.442.272.332.662.032.122.42
Death after 7 or more days1.961.641.932.042.272.562.022.301.532.37
LOS not known0.000.140.050.060.000.120.110.070.040.10
All deaths*4.35
102/2343
3.76
78/2073
4.18
78/1868
3.53
64/1811
4.53
78/1721
5.00
86/1720
4.79
90/1878
4.40
193/4385
3.69
179/4849
4.88
204/4180
  • For example, of 2343 patients admitted on a Monday, 0.17% died that same day, 0.81% next day (Tuesday), 2.39% within the week (Monday–Sunday) and 1.96% after 7 or more days.

  • 2 test of death rate variation: p=0.28 (between days of week); p=0.02 (between three subgroups).

  • LOS, length of stay.