No Adverse Effect of Weekend, Nighttime Liver Transplants

Patient and graft survival not significantly different from daytime, weekday procedures

WEDNESDAY, May 2 (HealthDay News) -- Performing liver transplantation procedures at night or on weekends does not appear to affect patient or liver graft survival, according to research published in the May issue of Liver Transplantation.

To investigate the impact of nighttime and weekend liver transplantation on graft and patient survival, Eric S. Orman, M.D., of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and colleagues conducted a retrospective review using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing database, which included 94,768 adult liver transplants performed from 1987 to 2010.

For liver transplantation procedures performed at night, the researchers found that the 30-day, 90-day, and one-year patient survival rates were 96, 93, and 86 percent, respectively. Patient survival rates for weekend operations were 95, 92, and 86 percent, respectively. None of these rates were significantly different from those achieved after daytime or weekday transplantation procedures. The graft failure rate was similar for weekend versus weekday transplants at 30- and 90-days, but was modestly increased at 365 days (hazard ratio, 1.05; 95 percent confidence interval, 1.01 to 1.11).

"According to a large multicenter registry database containing nearly 100,000 liver transplants and spanning more than 20 years, neither nighttime liver transplantation nor weekend liver transplantation has an adverse impact on patient or graft survival," the authors write.

Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Copyright © 2012 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Powered by

jQuery UI Accordion - Default functionality

For life-long learning and continuing professional development, come to Lippincott's NursingCenter.

Nursing Jobs Plus
Featured Jobs
Recommended CE Articles

Blunt Chest Trauma
Journal of Trauma Nursing, November/December 2014
Expires: 12/31/2016 CE:2 $21.95

The School Age Child with Congenital Heart Disease
MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2.5 $24.95

Understanding multiple myeloma
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Expires: 2/28/2017 CE:2 $21.95

More CE Articles

Subscribe to Recommended CE

Recommended Nursing Articles

Comprehensive Care: Looking Beyond the Presenting Problem
Journal of Christian Nursing, January/March 2015
Free access will expire on March 2, 2015.

Pain and Alzheimer dementia: A largely unrecognized problem
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!, January/February 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

Glycemic control in hospitalized patients
Nursing2015 Critical Care, January 2015
Free access will expire on February 16, 2015.

More Recommended Articles

Subscribe to Recommended Articles

Evidence Based Practice Skin Care Network NursingCenter Quick Links What’s Trending Events