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Study debunks 'July Effect' for heart surgery

from Elsevier via ScienceDaily

The notion that more medical errors occur in July compared to other months due to an influx of new medical school graduates starting their in-hospital training does not apply to heart surgery, according to research in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, published by Elsevier. "While the perception of the 'July effect' persists culturally among health care providers, we hope that this study reinforces the fact that hospital systems have in place processes that help provide the highest level of care and ensure patient safety," said Sameer A. Hirji, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, MA, USA. "Our findings are encouraging." more


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