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The July Effect: Does a Doctor's Experience Matter?

You often can't control when you need to go to the hospital. If you can, however, healthcare experts may suggest you avoid going in July. July is when there are the most inexperienced doctors working in hospitals. The medical school graduates have started their internships and the experienced residents and fellows have moved out of training roles and have become self-managed doctors. The phenomenon is known as the "July Effect" and many fear that the quantity of inexperienced doctors in hospitals leads to more medical mistakes. There are definite benefits to having a highly experienced doctor, including proficiency in medical procedures and knowledge of the consequences of treatments. In fact, the number of procedures a doctor performs often increases the success of that procedure.

Patient Safety a Concern in New York Hospitals

Many New York hospitals were found at the bottom of Consumer Reports' first-ever list of the best and worst medical facilities in the United States. The ratings reviewed information on 1,159 hospitals in 44 states and scored them on a scale of 1-100, with one being the worst and 100 being the most safe. Consumer Reports was inspired to rank U.S. medical facilities after a 2010 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report was released. That report indicated medical malpractice including, surgical errors, infections and medication errors, contributed to the deaths of 180,000 Medicare patients and likely a substantial amount of non-Medicare patients too. While not all New York Hospitals were ranked; out of the 117 that were, only 31 received a score of 50 or above. Harlem Hospital Center in New York and Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn were both ranked in the bottom 10. Another New York hospital that had a "less than outstanding score" included the prominent Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. In determining a hospital's safety rating, the organization considered 6 major factors:

Electronic Records Improve Care and Reduce Medical Malpractice

A recent study showed that doctors who used electronic medical records were 84 percent less likely to face claims of medical malpractice than doctors who were using traditional paper files. Electronic medical records allow doctors, nurses and other medical professionals to use computers to monitor patient care. Surprisingly, such technologies have yet to be widely implemented. The Massachusetts study surveyed 275 physicians in 2005 and 2007. Out of the doctors surveyed, 33 faced claims of malpractice. The researchers determined that 49 of the medical malpractice claims brought against the surveyed doctors were before electronic health records were used, and only two claims came after e-records were put into place. Electronic health records allow doctors and other medical professionals to better track patients and improve patient care and safety. Electronic health records reduce errors by the following:

Two Construction Accidents at 4 World Trade Center

Just days after the last steel beam was placed on top of 4 World Trade Center, two consecutive work days saw two separate construction site accidents. Last Tuesday, a worker sustained fall injuries after plunging approximately six feet onto a steel reinforcing bar. The worker was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with two broken ribs and a bruised liver. The next day, a crane operator lifted a steel beam that weighed 24 tons and was 53 feet long. According to the vice president of the construction company, a "sudden gust of wind," caused the weight of the load to move. The steel beam then smashed into the 46th floor windows, breaking two 5- by 13-and-a-half feet panes of glass. Pieces of the windows fell to the street below. Based on information from the Fire Department, no injuries were sustained from the crane accident. According to its website, 4 World Trade Center will rise 72 stories upon its completion, towering 977 feet above street level. It is intended to be the fourth tallest skyscraper of the new World Trade Center buildings. The building will contain both retail stores and commercial offices, and is expected to be the new headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Construction workers are faced with perilous situations frequently. Their employers are responsible for providing them with a safe work environment, including necessary safety equipment. Workers injured on job sites may be entitled to recover damages for personal injuries they sustained while performing their job duties. Source: The New York Times, "Two Days of Trouble Follow a Milestone at 4 World Trade Center," David W. Dunlap, June 27, 2012.

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