Factoid Friday – Fatal Medication Mistakes Spike Every July

In the month of July, the number of fatal medication errors jumps 10% in U.S. counties with teaching hospitals, according to David Phillips and Gwendolyn Barker of UC San Diego. Each July, medical residents get new or increased responsibilities for patient care at the beginning of the academic year.

Source: Society of General Internal Medicine via Harvard Business Review Daily Stat

Moral of the story is don’t get sick in July. What are some ways to combat these mistakes? Leave thoughts in the comments.