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Old 01-22-2010, 03:08 PM
Location: Tennessee
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Between the nerves, the unfamiliarity and the urge to impress, few people do themselves justice on the first day of a new job. When it comes to doctors starting out in emergency medicine, though, are patients' lives being put at risk? According to research from Imperial College London, the death rate among patients admitted to English hospitals on the first Wednesday in August — the day, traditionally, that newly graduated doctors take up their posts — was, on average, 6% higher than for those admitted the last Wednesday in July.

Read more: Study: Patient Death Rates Higher on Doctors' First Day - TIME
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:04 AM
Location: In the real world!
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It's not just new doctors killing people. I have a friend that is dying right now from OVER treatment... 4 different doctors, each not knowing what the other was doing. He was nothing more than a cash cow to them. In the span of 2 years, they have taken a fun loving, productive human and reduced him into a invalid that can no longer take are of himself or remember what medications he took that day. I doubt he lives another 6 months.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:06 AM
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Nice find, John.

I don't know what the solution is. My best friend is a medical student who had a hard time dealing with the cadavers in med school, yet ultimately concluded it had to be done. There is no substitute for the real thing.

As such, what can we realistically suggest to alter the fact that noobies in every line of work make mistakes?
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:19 PM
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Hey man...I don't blame anyone who throws down 60 hour work weeks for messing up. I know its lives but....I don't think normal people could even handle those hours.

Its why healthcare costs so much too. You have your info run through the docs, then the nurse and then the MA to make sure its all right. Some MA are dumb as bricks. They are the ones that should do the final catch as most usually keep 40 hour weeks or less.

I kinda feel bad for docs and nurses.

Long shifts suck.
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