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Stroke centers no worse at weekend treatment

StrokeSep 14 11

Hospitals that have been designated as “stroke centers” may provide just as good care on the weekend as on weekdays, new findings suggest.

That’s important because previous studies have hinted that people who come to the hospital after having a stroke don’t do as well if they’re admitted over the weekend, when nurses and specialists might be stretched extra thin.

“This is a big concern among the physician community because we all know that not every hospital has the capacity to treat those patients on the weekend,” said Dr. Ying Xian, who studies stroke care at the Duke Clinical Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina and wasn’t involved in the new study.

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