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January 2015 Archives

Defining a medical coma

A coma is when a person is in such a deep state of unconsciousness that the individual is unable to be awakened. Severe illness and injuries such as concussions and brain trauma are the most frequent causes of comas. It derives from the Greek word koma, meaning 'deep sleep."

2 injured after 5-vehicle accident on I-17

On Jan. 15 at around 6 p.m., an accident on Interstate 17 involving five vehicles resulted in two injuries and limited the flow of traffic to just one lane. Units from the Arizona Department of Public Safety were dispatched to the scene, as were units from the Sedona and Montezuma-Rimrock fire departments.

What could cause a surgical fire to ignite?

Many people are already aware of the common mishaps that can occur during a surgical procedure. For example, it is possible for a doctor to leave a surgical tool or sponge in a patient after completing an operation. You may have also heard of instances of wrong site surgeries in which patients had the wrong body parts operated on, or even removed.

Are trucks more dangerous than other vehicles?

Truck accidents in Arizona can be extremely dangerous. According to the NHTSA, although commercial trucking companies are legally required to adhere to certain safety standards, these are not necessarily enforced in all circumstances. Moreover, since trucks tend to be much larger than other vehicles, they may potentially be more deadly in the event of an accident.

Certain infant behaviors could be indicative of traumatic birth

The birth of a baby is an exciting event in every parent’s life. But the doctor and staff in the delivery room must be prepared to handle any emergencies. This is critical because a birth injury could have a profound impact on an infant’s future health and personal development.

FDA reports 40 patients given unsterilized saline

Arizona residents may be interested to know that at least 40 patients in seven states mistakenly received unsterilized, practice intravenous fluids while in the hospital instead of the sterile saline solution that is protocol, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several patients became ill and one person may have died as a result, though doctors are not positive the unsterilized solution was to blame for the death.

The causes and effects of whiplash injuries

A whiplash is a common car accident injury that occurs when the head and neck are moved suddenly in one direction and then another. The name comes from the whip-like motion, and the sudden movement creates both a sprain and a strain in the neck. The injury can be painful for a prolonged of time and has a wide range of severity. Many drivers pass off whiplash as a common and minor injury, but it is important for Arizona residents to understand how serious it can be.

Forceps delivery and medical malpractice

Individuals in Arizona may wonder about the safety of delivering babies using forceps. Forceps delivery is used when the doctor perceives that the labor is proceeding too slowly for some reason. This might be because the baby seems stressed, the mother is too tired to push or there is some medical condition that makes the use of forceps necessary.

Lawsuit claims woman's brain injury caused by fall at theme park

From banging your head on a kitchen cabinet, to experiencing a serious automobile accident, traumatic brain injuries can occur in many different ways. Sometimes we are in situations where we are aware there is an increased likelihood of being hurt. When this is the case, we know to take precautions, such as wearing a helmet.

Medical malpractice and outpatient surgical centers

Increasingly, more and more people in Arizona are scheduled for surgeries at outpatient surgery centers, facilities that have become increasingly popular over the last ten years. While most will be able to use such centers without issue, some may be seriously injured or die as a result of complications from surgery, infections and surgical errors occurring.

Patients should be told of side effects before using medication

We live in an age of medical miracles. Due to advances in medicine, there are more drugs that can help treat illnesses and conditions than ever before. On the whole this is a very good thing as drugs developed in the labs of pharmaceutical companies have helped alleviate a great deal of human suffering.

Hospitals can be held liable for surgical mistakes

Arizona patients who have ever heard credible stories, as reported by other authorities, detailing the story arcs of patients who discovered that a surgeon or doctor had left medical debris inside of them during a previous surgery, may be shocked and even frightened by such medical horror stories. However, it may interest them to know that many victims of these terrible medical errors have taken legal action in the form of a medical malpractice suit.

What information in my medical records is important?

No one who checks into a hospital expects to end up being injured during their stay. But the fact is, patients do sometimes suffer harm while undergoing treatment. When such an unfortunate event occurs, a patient or their family may choose to pursue legal action against any culpable parties.

Illegal, legal drugs can impair driving skills

Arizona motorists who drive after taking or using drugs may face the same consequences as if they had driven after drinking. A drug is any substance that alters a person's mind. Most people may think of illicit drugs, such as marijuana or cocaine, when the term 'drugged driving" is used, but it also refers to prescription and over-the-counter drugs that impact how a person functions.

Injuries that could be avoided in Arizona car crashes

In car accidents, there are several types of injuries that could be avoided if proper precautions are taken. For instance, it may be possible to reduce the number of brain injuries that occur by driving or riding in a car with proper front and side airbags. While some believe that airbags may be harmful, their benefits generally outweigh the risks.

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