Why You Should Steer Clear of Hospitals in July and Other Confessions of American Nurses (Politico)

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The nurses tell all in Alexandra Robbins’ recent investigation into the internal workings of America’s hospitals. Robbins explores “The July Effect,” the month when medical interns become newly-minted residents and replace the more experienced residents in teaching hospitals. “The changeover [in residents] harms patient care, increasing medical errors, medication mistakes and length of hospital stays,” writes Robbins.

Even if you avoid teaching hospitals in July, you still might not be getting the same quality treatment as the patient next to you. Many hospitals have secret luxury rooms for VIPs where patients receive the undivided attention of nurses, even at the expense of more critical patients who might actually need the extra attention. And then there’s the issue of punitive medicine. Read the article here.

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