Some Hospitals See Spike in Fatalities in July

by | Jun 27, 2012 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

People often do not have a choice when scheduling a hospital visit. If
you do, however, a new study indicates that you may want to avoid scheduling
a visit in July.

According to a study published recently in the Journal of General Internal
Medicine, the so-called “July effect” – a phenomenon
where teaching hospitals see a 10 percent spike in fatalities in July
– is very real. Traditionally, researchers have attributed the July
spike in fatalities to the fact that it is month when doctors-in-training
begin their residency.

Although it seems reasonable to link the increased number of deaths to
attempts by new doctors to, for example, perform surgeries, the study
indicates that this is not the case. In fact, most fatalities are due
to medical mistakes in prescribing and administering medications.

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