Study Shows Patients Who Have Surgery During Weekends Have Poorer Results: New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Talks about Patients' Rights

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A new study published online in the March issue of the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, showed that patients who undergo emergency surgeries during the weekend fare poorly compared to those who undergo similar procedures during weekdays. Researchers specifically looked as patients who underwent emergency surgeries for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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The report states that ulcerative colitis patients who were admitted on the weekend were about 70 percent more likely to have complications when compared to patients admitted during weekdays.

Patients who had surgeries during the weekend tend to suffer more complications compared to their counterparts who had similar procedures done on them during weekdays. According to a study that was published online in the March Issue of the journal Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, researchers used a large database of hospitalizations nationwide to study 7,112 emergency surgeries of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

What they found, based on the report, was that patients with ulcerative colitis who were hospitalized on a weekend for urgent surgery have an increased risk of post-surgery complications, particularly infections, wound complications and repeat surgeries.

The report states that ulcerative colitis patients who were admitted on the weekend were about 70 percent more likely to have complications when compared to patients admitted during weekdays. Researchers also stated that patients who got surgery during the weekend were 50 percent more likely to get postoperative infections; twice as likely to develop pulmonary complications; and 10 times more at risk for wound complications and revision surgeries.

Medical professionals have a duty to provide patients with a reasonable and consistent quality of care, regardless of what day of the week it is, says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm. "A patient seeking any type of medical treatment, including surgical procedures, has a just expectation that the level of care received will not vary with the day or time of his or her admission to the facility."

Victims of surgical errors or poor postoperative care suffer physically, emotionally and financially, Wilhelm said. "It is important for these individuals and their families to fully understand their legal rights. A victim of medical negligence will find it in his or her best interest to contact an experienced medical malpractice lawyer who will provide them with the information they need during this critical time."

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 41 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

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