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Old 07-09-2010, 02:50 AM   #1
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Are hospitals deadlier in July?

Found this interesting...maybe others will too.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/07/07/hospital.deaths.july/index.html

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Old 07-09-2010, 09:39 PM   #2
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Re: Are hospitals deadlier in July?

Yup, Chelee, it is oh so true. We baby sat residents the whole first few months they arrived on the floors, green as grass, dumb as dirt, and arrogant as hell (well, only the surgical residents!). Any nurse who has worked in a teaching hospital will get the joke there! Good, informative post! Interestingly, the summer months, July in particular, is when many parents schedule elective surgeries for their children.
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Old 07-09-2010, 11:21 PM   #3
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Re: Are hospitals deadlier in July?

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medical residents, nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacists all begin around the same time, and it's unfair to point the finger at new residents.
Ah..
Comforting.

So when is it safe to return? Maybe May or June is the best.
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Old 07-10-2010, 06:38 AM   #4
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Re: Are hospitals deadlier in July?

Good question, Rich, I think if one could wait until after September you are in fairly good hands. Everyone has settled into their new roles and those kids are darn smart. They learn quickly. It's amazing what a quarter of a year does for a first year resident. Also, most of the hospital staff is back from vacation and have their collective heads in the game again.
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