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The July Effect: Myth or Reality?

Researchers estimate that every year in July, there is a turnover rate of 100,000 for hospital personnel. For years people have theorized that this surge of inexperienced healthcare professionals causes what is known as the ‘July Effect’ — a period of subpar medical care. Yet some small sample studies have shown that teaching hospitals are no more dangerous in July than they are in any other month.

However, when the sample size increases, the month of July really is more perilous. To greatly reduce your chances of being a medical malpractice victim, follow the tips below:

  • Speak up — If you feel nervous about being treated by an inexperienced physician at a teaching hospital, speak to the head nurse and voice your concerns. Teaching hospitals are required to have a fully licensed attending physician on staff.
  • Research hospitals — You can also perform thorough research on hospitals in your area by searching online. Teaching hospitals usually have a reputation for providing high quality medical care.
  • Double check medication — Any time you receive a new medication or have a dosage changed, you should double-check to ensure you are receiving the right treatment.
  • Ask questions — Do not be afraid to ask questions regarding your injury or illness. You have a right know about your condition and any proposed treatments.

Even seasoned physicians sometimes make mistakes. However, when they are caused by negligence and result in injury or death, health care professionals and facilities should be held accountable. If you suffer a medical malpractice injury, a NJ injury lawyer can be your voice.

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