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

  1. 4 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.

    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jul 5, '14
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  3. Visit  toomuchbaloney profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
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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.
  5. Visit  nursel56 profile page
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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.
    Here.I.Stand, casi, LadyFree28, and 19 others like this.
  6. Visit  RNsRWe profile page
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    An article like this comes out EVERY July. Not news, just recycled "we already knews".....
    ChristineN, LadyFree28, SeattleJess, and 4 others like this.
  7. Visit  enuf_already profile page
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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!
  8. Visit  ArtClassRN profile page
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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.
    LadyFree28, SeattleJess, and OCNRN63 like this.
  9. Visit  adnrnstudent profile page
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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.
  10. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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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.
    LadyFree28, SeattleJess, verene, and 2 others like this.
  11. Visit  shesteamropin profile page
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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!
    SeattleJess likes this.
  12. Visit  BrandonLPN profile page
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    Quote from shesteamropin
    WOW!!!! I just had a full Hysterectomy on May 18th! I am feeling soooooo lucky right now! I will remember this fact!
    Sarcasm?
  13. Visit  HouTx profile page
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    Quote from BrandonLPN
    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.
    Nah - it's real. Objective data, including relevant stats are maintained at the facility level - by loss prevention (Risk Management) departments but none of them will divulge due to the very real liability consequences. Therefore, aggregate, (soft) data is the only thing that is publicly available.
  14. Visit  NicuGal profile page
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    All of us upper senior people have learned to take the bulk if our vacation time in July lol Thank goodness our fellows stay in house and for order sets that only require a weight to be plugged in. I can remember getting some orders that stood my hair on end.


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