What's the Best Time of Day for Surgery?

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There's a study out of Duke University that found the rate of anesthesia related complications is higher at about three to four in the afternoon than any other part of the day when you're considering surgery. So the safest time to have surgery technically is earlier in the morning when the people are fresher, you're not having that mid afternoon sleepiness and you're also not dealing with the shift changes that occur at about 3 or 4 o'clock.

Many hospitals, the entire operating room staff, except the surgeon, changes over between 3 and 4 pm and this is considered a potential danger zone for surgery if you're considering anaesthesia.