January 31, 2013

‘July Effect’ In Hospitals Is A Myth, Mayo Clinic Study Finds — At Least When It Comes To Spine Surgery

By Logan Lafferty

The "July Effect" -- the notion that July is the most dangerous time to be a patient because of new, inexperienced residents at hospitals -- is a myth, at least when it comes to spine surgeries, according to a new study from Mayo Clinic researchers…"We hope that our findings will reassure patients that they are not at higher risk of medical complications if they undergo spinal surgery during July as compared to other times of the year," study researcher Jennifer McDonald, Ph.D., a radiologist at the Mayo Clinic, said in a statement. 

Huffington Post

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