2 3 live&learn&rejoice: Don't get seriously sick in July

July 5, 2011

Don't get seriously sick in July

Apparently, there is something called the 'July Effect' - or at least there is a myth as to the existence of something known as the July Effect....

From today's NY Times Science section - http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/04/really-the-claim-hospital-mortality-rates-rise-in-july/?ref=science

Because new medical residents begin work in July, some have suggested that July brings with it increases in mortality and "mishaps" at hospitals.  Most studies show no such dramatic - or even undramatic - rise in problems.  But in a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine published last year, a 10% increase in medical errors was reported during the month of July.

Hmmm... think twice about scheduling that surgery for July.