More Medical Errors in July
Interview: David Crabb, MD, Chairman, Department of Medicine, IU School of Medicine
Co-host, Sound Medicine
One bit of medical lore thatís been repeated for years is that July is the most dangerous month to be a hospital patient because thatís when the newly minted residents are on duty, alone, for the first time.
A new study seems to support the legend. Researchers at UC San Diego found a 10% spike in deaths caused by medication errors during the month of July.
The disparity went away when teaching hospitals were factored out of the mix.
Sound Medicineís Dr. David Crabb has been closely involved with educating new doctors for many years, so when I asked him what he thought of this study, he told me he found it interesting, but that he still had serious misgivings about taking it seriously.