Doctors away at meeting? Good news for the patient…

In teaching hospitals, adjusted 30-day mortality was lower among high-risk patients with heart failure or cardiac arrest admitted during meeting vs nonmeeting dates. Adjusted mortality for high-risk AMI in teaching hospitals was similar between meeting and nonmeeting dates, although adjusted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) rates were lower during meetings. …

Conclusions and Relevance  High-risk patients with heart failure and cardiac arrest hospitalized in teaching hospitals had lower 30-day mortality when admitted during dates of national cardiology meetings. High-risk patients with AMI admitted to teaching hospitals during meetings were less likely to receive PCI, without any mortality effect.

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