Share 'A July Spike in Fatal Medication Errors: A Possible Effect of New Medical Residents?'
BACKGROUND: Each July thousands begin medicalresidencies and acquire increased responsibility for patientcare. Many have suggested that these new medicalresidents may produce errors and worsen patient outcomes—the so-called “July Effect;” however, we havefound no U.S. evidence documenting this effect.
OBJECTIVE: Determine whether fatal medicationerrors spike in July.
DESIGN: We examined all U.S.…
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