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May 2016 Archives

Considerations for a medical malpractice lawsuit

Arizona patients who are considering filing a medical malpractice suit due to a perceived mistake made by a health care practitioner or facility should keep a few points in mind. First, they should think about what the suit will cost, even if it is taken on a contingency basis, and what their chances are of winning are.

Animal cruelty and drug charges at the Arizona border

Border Patrol agents face challenges in monitoring evening conditions in the Arizona desert. On May 21, night operations in the vicinity of the tiny community of Why allowed officials to observe activity involving nine individuals. These people wore large backpacks as they traveled through the desert in the area, which is a zone that tends to have quite a bit of immigration and drug trafficking activity. The proximity to Interstate 8 is one of the main reasons for this high level of activity.

Melissa Rivers settles lawsuit over mother's death

Arizona residents who were fans of the late comedian Joan Rivers have probably heard about the medical mistakes that led to her death. Rivers was undergoing throat surgery at a clinic when she died in September 2014 at the age of 81. According to a medical examiner, Rivers experienced a lack of oxygen that led to brain damage. Medical personnel were unable to resuscitate Rivers after she stopped breathing.

Artificial intelligence used to perform surgery

Robots now do many of the jobs that were once done by human beings in Arizona. Usually performing repetitive tasks, robots are used in vehicle manufacturing and the production of electronics. With new developments in artificial intelligence, robots are now able to compute data in order to make decisions. Autonomous cars are one of the most well known applications of artificial intelligence.

Medical errors in Arizona hospitals

Arizona residents who check in to hospitals for surgical procedures or because they need treatment for a specific ailment will usually assume that they will get the best care possible. However, it has been reported that this is not always the case. Hospitals and health care practitioners frequently make mistakes, with sometimes tragic results.

FDA issues final guidance about drug names and packaging

Arizona patients are sometimes harmed by medications due to confusion over the drug's name or packaging design. The results can be very serious, and the Institute of Medicine claims that around 7,000 people in the U.S. die each year as a result of medication errors. To reduce the risk of fatal medication mistakes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued two final guidance documents.

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