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April 2016 Archives

Common medical mistakes that could be avoided

Arizona residents who are admitted to a hospital usually expect expert medical care that will help them get well. However, an estimated 440,000 patients across the nation die each year due to medical mistakes made in hospital settings. In fact, hospital errors trail only heart disease and cancer in numbers as a cause of U.S. deaths.

SCOTUS hears arguments concerning warrantless tests

Arizona motorists who are suspected of driving while intoxicated and refuse to submit to a toxicology test may lose their driving privileges for a period of time, but 13 states have laws that make such refusal a criminal offense as well. These laws have been challenged by drivers in North Dakota and Minnesota, and the lawsuits they filed are now being argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 20, the nation's highest court weighed arguments that warrantless breath tests were unconstitutional against claims from the states involved that striking down the laws would lead to more drunk driving deaths.

Most states now mandate ignition interlock for first-time DUI

Arizona is one of several states that mandate ignition interlock devices for first-time DUI convicted offenders. Maryland became the 26th state to make ignition interlock mandatory with the passage of Noah's Law on April 11. Mothers Against Drunk Driving continues to campaign for all states to pass similar laws.

Arizona man facing DUI charge after wrong-way crash

An Arizona man is facing a raft of charges after a wrong-way accident on the Loop 202 in Mesa caused traffic delays that lasted for hours and left another person injured. The state's Department of Public Safety say that the 35-year-old man has been charged with criminal damage and endangerment as well as aggravated DUI. After being taken into custody at the accident scene, the man was processed and then transported to the Maricopa County Jail.

Hospital survey finds problems with electronic drug monitoring

Most hospitals and clinics in Arizona and other parts of the country use sophisticated electronic systems to monitor the medications administered to patients. Only heart disease and cancer result in more Americans dying each year than medical mistakes, and many believed that using computerized systems to track and monitor drug orders would reduce the burdens placed on busy doctors and nurses and eliminate many of the deadliest medication errors. However, a survey of more than 1,700 hospitals carried out by the nonprofit watchdog organization The Leapfrog Group has found that these systems may not be working nearly as well as experts had hoped.

Memorial Day Just Around the Corner: DUI Enforcement to Increase

It feels like winter just got over and spring just began. But with April already here it means Memorial Day is just around the corner. Summer always comes upon us faster than we think it will. However, in Arizona this means increased DUI enforcement. As you and your family prepare for some Memorial Day weekend fun to celebrate the beginning of summer, keep in mind that Arizona's DUI Task Force will be on patrol.

Medical disciplinary records hard to find

Arizona patients need to be able to have a good relationship with their doctors. When people need medical treatment, they necessarily have to place their trust in the physician that provides them with care. Unfortunately, many doctors across the country have committed acts of medical malpractice, some of which are quite egregious.

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