Wednesday, 23 September 2009

'Deaths rise' with junior doctors

Researchers say they have found a small but statistically significant increase in the number of patients who die each year when junior doctors start work.

An Imperial College team looked at 300,000 emergency patients admitted to English hospitals between 2000 to 2008.

They compared death rates between the first week of August, when new doctors arrive, and the previous week in July.

After adjusting for various factors, they report in PLoS One that the August patients were 6% more likely to die.

2 comments:

Sackerson said...

My GP friend told me this many years ago. The consultants go off on holiday, leave the new intake pretty much unsupervised, and with the best will in the world the fledglings make mistakes.

tris said...

Sounds like a good fortnight to book a holiday in France.