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.
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.
There are a variety of different problems that could arise during birth, and unfortunately, some of these incidents are related to medical mistakes. One of the most serious emergencies experienced by doctors in Arizona is known as shoulder dystocia. This occurs after the baby's head has emerged from the birth canal during delivery. It is when the infant's shoulder becomes stuck and unable to pass through.
Patients in Arizona are usually diagnosed with cancer after a doctor takes a cell or tissue sample and looks at it under a microscope. The doctor may confirm that cancer is present by viewing the sample, or the diagnosis may be made after proteins, DNA and RNA in the sample are tested in a lab.
A brachial plexus injury is an often severe form of birth injury that is caused by physical trauma to the brachial plexus nerve cluster. These injuries are classified into three categories, including stretch, rupture and avulsion. These classifications describe the severity of the injury, with stretch being the most benign and avulsion being the most serious. A stretch brachial plexus injury occurs when the bundled nerve fibers at the base of the neck are stretched. These fibers run from the neck to the arm, and the stretching may range in severity from mild to serious.
A woman crossing a street in Phoenix was struck and killed by a car on the night of Oct. 23, authorities stated. The driver involved in the 8 p.m. accident allegedly fled from the scene of the crash, on McDowell Road near 51st Avenue. Phoenix police eventually located and detained the driver, reportedly.
Statistics indicate that medical errors occur at an alarming rate in the United States. Various studies reveal that up to 187,000 deaths and more than 6 million injuries occur annually because of medical errors. Surgical errors are the second-leading cause of these problems. Wrong-site surgery falls into this category.
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.
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.
Individuals in Arizona who are considering filing a lawsuit related to medical malpractice and a misdiagnosis may be interested to learn that such misdiagnoses are not uncommon. In fact, there are about a dozen chronic and acute illnesses that are commonly misdiagnosed in the U.S.