No “July” Effect With Spine Surgery

Kathleen Struck writing for MedPage Today reported that, according to a recent study, “The  ‘July effect’ that new residents and fellows have on patient outcomes in teaching hospitals is negligible in spinal surgery patients.”

spine-surgeryThe study, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, “looked at July because it is the month when new residents and fellows begin working at teaching hospitals,” and “researchers searched the U.S. Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS) database from 2001 to 2008 to note the complication rate post surgery and whether admission month in teaching hospitals impacted these rates.”

The complication rate as far as death was not increased; however, the incidence of infection was.

Still… if you have a choice don’t go into the hospital in July.

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