Any patient undergoing a surgical procedure can be frightened. No matter how routine an operation may be, there are still risks and the potential for complications to arise. When that patient is a child, the experience can be that much more upsetting for the child and his or her parents.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins have been investigating a particularly worrisome phenomenon in regards to children's surgeries. According to reports, a so-called "weekend effect" has put the lives and health of young surgical patients in danger. Researchers have observed an increase in the number of deaths and injuries stemming from operations performed on children over the weekends. Their study, published in the the July 2014 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, confirms this trend and now people are trying to find out why this is happening.