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October 2016 Archives

Nurse practitioners are key to safer nursing homes

Approximately 25 percent of nursing home residents suffer some form of harm when they are transferred to and from hospitals, according to a 2014 report issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Arizona residents may want to know that an ongoing study indicates that nurse practitioners who employ evidence-based practices to enhance the multiple aspects of patient care can improve the nursing home resident transfer process and decrease the occurrence of medical errors.

Artificial intelligence and diagnoses

Arizona residents may be interested in the claims of a tech entrepreneur who says that artificial intelligence will pay an increasing role in diagnosing patients' conditions. This could be beneficial, as statistics show that medical errors kill far more people each year than do car accidents.

Being Under 21 and Charged with a DUI in Arizona

While the minimum legal drinking age in Arizona is 21, instances of underage DUIs still occur. If you are under 21 and have been charged with driving under the influence, or if someone you love is in that position, you probably have some questions about what that means.

Spreading awareness of childhood cancer

Arizona parents who have children with cancer know that it is a highly emotional issue. September is designated as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month around the world, and organizations like the UK-based First4SeriousInjury promote it withfundraising for cancer research and social media campaigns. Advocates say that parents who are dealing with cancer in a child need support and information about dealing with the disease. It is often misdiagnosed, and for children and their parents, this can also be a difficult situation to deal with.

Get a second opinion when diagnosed with a serious illness

In Arizona and other states, people who have been diagnosed with a serious illness may want to research other doctors and seek a second opinion. Friends and family could be helpful in recommending a doctor. The physician a person chooses should have experience with the particular disease with which they have been diagnosed. The doctor chosen for the second opinion should be given copies of the person's medical records. Researching the illness could help identify a symptom the person didn't think to tell anyone about.

Fatality rate increased during first six months of 2016

Arizona motorists might want to take heed of a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and drive more carefully. According to the NHTSA, almost 18,000 people were killed during the first six months of 2016, and if the numbers continue, 2016 will have the largest increase in traffic fatalities in several decades.

Reducing the Associated DUI Emotional Conflict

According to "Arizona Motor Vehicle Crash Facts 2015," alcohol-related accidents stripped this state of 266 living souls (1). Seventy-two of these deaths involved a vehicle collision with a pedestrian. Eighty-eight more people died due to DUI-related collision with a motor vehicle in transport. And although death is the most serious of consequences, drunk driving also produces a tremendous number of personal injuries. In 2015, over 602 DUI-related crash injuries resulted from driver collisions with fixed objects. The 2015 Arizona statistics for fixed-object collisions also included 82 deaths. Both victims and offenders endure physical, financial and emotion losses.

Former Arizona firefighter facing criminal charges

A former Arizona firefighter is facing a raft of charges including counts of sexual assault and kidnapping after police in Glendale released a sketch of an alleged sexual predator and received a flood of calls. Police quickly identified and located the 52-year-old Phoenix Fire Department veteran, and officers say that he was subsequently taken into custody without a struggle. The man is being held without bail at a Maricopa County detention facility in connection with the alleged attempted rape and sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman in Glendale on Sept. 25.

What to Do if Charged with a DUI in Arizona

Arizona penalties for driving under the influence are among the toughest in the nation. Even for a first offense, expect to spend at least 24 hours in jail, and up to 10 days. It is imperative to not waste any time in hiring an experienced lawyer to represent you.

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