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What is the “July Effect”?

If you’ve ever watched a medical show or been friends with a medical professional, you have likely heard the term “July Effect.” This is a time when patient injuries and deaths seem to rise higher than normal. While this may seem like a spooky myth that gets circulated every year, one thing is for certain: there is much more inexperience in hospitals in July than any other month.

July is usually the first time new medical interns set foot on a hospital floor with the intent of treating patients. They have had all sorts of training, but now they are dealing with a lot of new factors that just can’t be taught in a classroom. As such, it seems more mistakes are made. 

These doctor errors are typically small issues, like missing a vein the first time with an IV drip. Typically, no real harm is done. But a small mistake can become a big issue quickly, leading to worsened conditions.

The medical field is divided on the issue of the July Effect. Some say they have statistics that show its existence, while others claim it’s simply an overhyped false phenomenon not backed by data. Sure, new interns are moving in and new ones are moving up the ladder. But these new doctors are always under close supervision of those above them, and even the top doctors are monitored by the chief of medicine.

Whether the July Effect is a real phenomenon will likely be a debate for quite some time. What is not up for debate is the fact that doctors make mistakes, and patients suffer because of it in South Carolina. If you have been the victim of a doctor error or another form of medical malpractice, it may be a good idea to contact an attorney. You may be owed compensation. 

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