Medical Malpractice: What is the ‘July Effect’?

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 12:00pm by

Photo of medical imageIf you visit a hospital emergency room this month, make sure that you are aware of the ‘July effect’.

The New York Times had an interesting report in 2013 about the ‘July effect’, noting that researchers studied patient admissions to teaching hospitals for spinal surgery, finding that there was a higher likelihood of infection and discharge due to mistakes in July, compared to other months.

Some experts have speculated that this may be due to the number of medical students who are beginning their residencies at hospitals in July. In fact, in 2011, a plastic surgeon in Detroit noted in a CNN article that medical journals have reported a 10 percent spike in teaching hospital deaths during the month of July due to errors.

“Typically, medical students graduate in June and begin their first year of residency training — internship — in July. This group of eager new interns invades the hospital to learn, care for patients and make medical decisions,” Dr. Anthony Youn reported on CNN. “One problem. They don’t know what they’re doing.”

Remember, if you are injured because of medical malpractice, regardless of whether or not you were treated by a resident, you may be able to hold your healthcare provider liable. While it is true that when an intern joins a hospital, he or she has to learn a new system and gain experience, it should not come at the expense of your health.

Contacting an Atlantic City Attorney Following a Medical Malpractice Event

Medical malpractice can include instances of misdiagnosis and infection, or ‘never events’ which occur during operations. Examples of this include items being left in a patient or surgery being performed on the wrong organ or limb.

You can hold a healthcare provider liable if it harms you. Speak to our Atlantic City injury attorneys about your legal rights following a malpractice event.

Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys



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