July worst time to be in a hospital according to ABC news

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    The 'July Effect': Mistakes Peak at Hospitals

    Jun 3, 2010, 3:37 PM

    There is an old saying among some doctors -- do not let your friends and family schedule a surgery in July.

    July is the month when graduates, fresh out of medical school, report to residencies in teaching hospitals. Anecdotally, at least, it's been a time when medical errors peak.

    A new study decided to see if the so-called "July Effect" was real.



    The study found that fatal medication errors spiked by 10 percent in July in counties with a high number of teaching hospitals, but stayed the same in areas without teaching hospitals.

    The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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    my spouse was hospitalized in a major university hospital over July 1 once. Holy Jesus in heaven it was frightening and required my presence almost continuously to prevent amazing acts of stupidity from being carried out at the bedside.
    ICUman, Christy1019, klone, and 3 others like this.
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    About a month ago, the results of a feasibility study on Boston hosting the Olympics was released and they determined that we have the hotels and the security to manage an event of that size, but no space to build an Olympic stadium or an Athlete's village. Anyone who lives here could have told the committee this so why it was necessary to invest a lot of money in a large study is beyond me. I kind of have the same reaction to this article. ANYONE who's worked in a teaching hospital knows this to be true.
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    Quote from toomuchbaloney
    my spouse was hospitalized in a major university hospital over July 1 once. Holy Jesus in heaven it was frightening and required my presence almost continuously to prevent amazing acts of stupidity from being carried out at the bedside.
    Next study: what would those statistics look like if there were not a boatload of experienced nurses preventing new residents from doing something stupid.
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    An article like this comes out EVERY July. Not news, just recycled "we already knews".....
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    Quote from nursel56
    Next study: what would those statistics look like if there were not a boatload of experienced nurses preventing new residents from doing something stupid.
    Yes, and they will spend an incredible amount of money that they could otherwise be paying those experienced nurses to do another worthless study!

    You want to know what really happens in a hospital? Find an experienced nurse and ask her!
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    Yeah, yeah. I've met the new residents and they are working under the watchful eye of the chiefs, other residents, pharmacists, and nurses.

    New residents (at least where I work) are supported and really tend to not kill anyone. As others have noted, this sensational article comes out every year.
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    Oh now, be nice. We all know that nursing education today is more focused on new nurses being able to write papers. I'm sure someone with exceptional APA skills did this study and now has their name in print like they were taught to do in nursing school.
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    Oh, I wonder if this is just a case of correlation being mistaken for causation.

    could it be there are simply more inpatient stays during the peak of summer? People getting outdoors, doing relatively dangerous things? More hospital stays will of course = more preventable deaths. Is this study showing an increase in mortalities as a percentage of patient stays? Or is it simply an increase in raw numbers? Even if it's the former, it's foolish to say "don't get hospitalized in July, because more patients die that month." There are so many variables at play. It's unfair to blame it on new residents or spaced out nurses.

    There exists a study that shows a direct correlation between the consumption of ice cream and the incidences of fatal drownings amongst children. The correlation is undeniable. And it's the same every year. When children consume more ice cream, there's a corresponding increase in drowning incidents. But does this really prove a direct link? Does this correlation prove a causation? Think about it.
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    WOW!!!! I just had a full Hysterectomy on May 18th! I am feeling soooooo lucky right now! I will remember this fact!
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