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December 2014 Archives

Teen driver charged with murder after deadly Tempe crash

A 19-year-old man was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon for his role in a December crash that killed a 16-year-old girl. According to one source, the driver is suspected of driving while impaired. Blood tests conducted at the hospital were positive for Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical in marijuana that causes impairment.

Assessing skull fracture injuries

People living in Arizona might find it helpful to understand more about how skull fractures are diagnosed and treated. These types of injuries may occur in a car crash or any other incident that involves a forceful blow to the skull. Physicians may be able to identify a skull fracture injury by conducting a physical examination, but a comprehensive diagnosis may require the use of more sophisticated tools.

Health officials trying to decrease number of C-sections

When a woman checks into a hospital to deliver her baby, the hope is that there will be no complications. But even if all precautions are taken in advance, there is a chance that things may not go as planned in the delivery room. Careful consideration should be given to how a delivery process is to proceed should the unexpected happen. For example, conditions can arise wherein a doctor may choose to conduct a cesarean section.

The facts about driving while impaired

Arizona residents may not be aware of the facts about impaired driving in the United States. The problem is big; in 2012, 10,322 individuals were fatally wounded in alcohol-related impaired driving accidents. That number accounts for almost 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities nationwide. Impaired driving accidents in 2012 accounted for 20 percent of traffic-related fatalities among children ages zero to fourteen.

Information regarding misdiagnoses

Misdiagnosis of disease is a major problem for the Arizona medical community, and it is one that continues to be serious. A misdiagnosis is generally considered a medical diagnosis that subsequent testing or findings have conclusively determined was in error, missed or delayed. Misdiagnosis may lead to death, and is often a contributing factor in medical malpractice suits.

Robots cannot eliminate all surgical errors

When we undergo any form of invasive surgery, we naturally want our doctor to have a steady pair of hands. In fact, saying that someone has "the hands of a surgeon" means that they can use their hands in skillful, competent manner. This is vital while in the operating room because harmful surgical errors could result should a doctor not be steady and skilled.

Doctors may misdiagnose young patients exhibiting stroke symptoms

Arizona patients who are under 50 may be surprised to learn that they may be at risk for suffering a stroke. More importantly, however, they may also be surprised to learn that doctors and emergency room staff often fail to diagnose strokes in young patients, which could lead to temporary or permanent brain damage.

What precautions should I take while on blood thinners?

Anticoagulant drugs, or drug thinners, as they are known, are prescribed to help prevent blood clots. Blood clots are dangerous because they can cause strokes or heart attacks. But as beneficial as these drugs may be, they can also pose very serious health threats if they are not taken correctly. 

Mild head injuries may cause significant damage

As Arizona residents may know, mild head injuries are often deceptive. The trauma may be slight, and the injured individual may seem shaken but not hurt. If brain injury occurred, the signs and symptoms may develop gradually. The onset of injury differs from person to person.

Use of roundabouts to reduce serious injuries and fatalities

Arizona drivers may have noticed that the state is installing more and more roundabouts at intersections, doing away with the traffic signals that used to govern the directional flow of traffic through the intersections. While many people may find roundabouts annoying, the state has good reason to utilize them more and more while phasing out the four-way stop and signal-controlled intersections.

Injuries to the brain can affect many aspects of life

Human beings are both clever and resilient. Each of these qualities can come into play when treating a serious injury. Our individual resilience grants us the ability to heal and recover. Due to our collective cleverness, many amazing medical tools and techniques have been developed to help patients rehabilitate.

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