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The 'July Effect': Worst Month For Fatal Hospital Errors, Study Finds

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Datum: 06.06.2010 18:05
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The 'July Effect': Worst Month For Fatal Hospital Errors, Study Finds

Study Finds More Fatal Medication Errors in July, Just When New
Residents Arrive
June 3, 2010

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.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego
investigated more than 62 million U.S. death certificates between 1979
and 2006. Of those, 244,388 deaths were caused by a medication errors
in a hospital.

Month to month, the statistics showed a relatively equal chance for a
fatal medication error -- except at teaching hospitals in the month of

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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