Hospitalized children are more likely to die after a cardiac arrest if it occurs during the night shift, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013.
Adults who suffer a cardiac arrest while hospitalized are already known to fare worse if resuscitation is needed during the night shift.
This AHA Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation Registry study is the first documentation of a similar effect in children.
Of 10,541 consecutive cardiac arrests in patients under age 18 in 2000-10, the researchers found:
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