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August 2014 Archives

1 dead, 1 critically injured in drunk driving crash

An Arizona man believed to have caused an accident that resulted in one death and another injury was accused of being under the influence at the time of the crash on Aug 21. According to a report, the incident took place near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Estrella Drive in Laveen.

Technology being employed to reduce surgical errors

The trust you place in a doctor performing surgery must be absolute. The expectation is that the doctor is up to the task and that you will come out on the other end of your procedure ready for a healthy recovery. We sometimes view doctors as possessing almost magical powers with their ability to help people through the use of their scalpels and their skills.

How can I help ensure my medication is issued correctly?

Many people depend on prescription medications to function normally on a daily basis. And while these medications may be of great benefit to your health and well-being medication errors can cause serious or even fatal reactions. As such, you would be well advised to take a proactive approach when seeing your doctor about your medication regimen.

Phoenix man receives prison sentence for fatal crash

On Oct. 6, a 28-year-old man from Phoenix, Arizona, was driving the wrong way on State Route 51. His vehicle struck an SUV head-on. The crash resulted in the death of a 55-year-old New York woman who was a passenger in the car and serious injuries to the driver who was hospitalized for days after the accident. The Phoenix man also suffered injuries, but he recovered and was arrested after his release from the hospital.

3 injured, 4 killed in head-on collision

A crash on Interstate 40 that happened approximately 20 miles east of Flagstaff, Arizona, killed four people on the morning of August 7. The car accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. when a vehicle drove across the median and collided with another head-on. Three people were injured in the wreck, and they were transported to Flagstaff Medical Center.

Changes in reporting hospital errors worry patient advocates

Arizona individuals who are searching for information about hospital errors will no longer be able to access data on certain types of mistakes such as people who had foreign objects left inside them after surgery. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says its new system of tracking and reporting is more accurate and useful to consumers, but patient advocates say more information should be available so that people can make up their own minds.

August is a month for emphasizing concussion prevention at school

The beginning of August signifies that summer vacation will soon be over for Arizona children as a new school year approaches. Many students will not only be starting new classes, but will also be heading out on to practice fields and courts to take part in a variety of athletic activities.

Patients have right to records for cases of hospital negligence

Upon agreeing to receive treatment from a health care provider, we should be confident that they will see to our needs in a manner that is competent and discreet. If the treatment we receive is substandard or even injurious due to some form of medical negligence, then we should be able to seek compensation. One important component in the pursuit of compensation is access to our medical records that reside in the provider’s possession.

New monitoring and brain trauma research offered by NCAA

Arizona college sports fans may not know that the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a settlement on July 29 in federal court in Illinois for $75 million to be used for head trauma research and medical monitoring of athletes. The NCAA will reportedly provide $70 million to set up a monitoring fund and $5 million over a period not to exceed 10 years for research into concussions.

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