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Complications from surgery are not more common in July
Complications from surgery are not more common in July

(January 29, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Minnesota - The 'July effect' is nothing more than a myth, according to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery. The July effect is a long-held belief that surgeries done in July are at greatest risk of complications due to the influx of new residents and fellows. To dispel this notion, researchers reviewed 7 years of data on nearly 1 million spine surgeries. They found that that rates of post-operative infections were more common in teaching and hospitals than non-teaching hospitals, and were slightly elevated during July--however, they were not high enough to be deemed an 'effect'. Date of surgery had no association with in-hospital deaths and postoperative complications.

 
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