What’s New — The Sickening “July Effect”

JULYWhile there are no hard numbers to support what’s known as The July Effect — when critical incidents spike because newly graduated medical students are entering the hospital to complete their hands-on training — it’s recognized anecdotally as a fact. But some medical professionals refuse to pin the blame totally on these newbies, citing rises in critical incidents during weekends and evenings, when senior staff are not readily available. Nevertheless, studies show some 35,000 Canadians die due to medical error every year, making it the third leading cause of death in this country. To read more about this sickening phenomenon, click here or on the icon above to read my latest piece for Yahoo!

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