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November 2016 Archives

Risk of medical errors persists within EHRs

Health care workers in Arizona hospitals increasingly depend on electronic health records to manage patient care and pharmaceutical prescriptions. Researchers have been analyzing user errors within these systems to identify ways to improvement them and avoid medical errors.

Researchers say cellulitis misdiagnosis is common

Many Arizona hospitalizations are triggered by a diagnosis of cellulitis. The bacterial skin infection occurs when a person has a wound, cut or skin irritation that becomes infected by streptococcus or staphylococcus. One of the most dangerous forms of cellulitis is a methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, infection. MRSA infections are typically contracted in hospital settings.

Computer assisted diagnosis technology still proving useful

Doctors in Arizona and other parts of the country have been slowly moving into the world of computer-assisted diagnosis. As the technology matures and continues to prove itself, more and more medical professionals are willing to trust the interpretation of manifest symptoms to computerized databases and algorithms.

Drugged DUI in Arizona

When you hear DUI, you likely think of drinking and driving, but "under the influence" has more than one meaning. Arizona has rejected the passage of Prop 205, the law that would have allowed recreational marijuana, but it doesn't remove the instances of drugged driving and allegations of this behavior.

DUI laws for marijuana use

As the use of marijuana has become more widespread and legalized, a great deal of attention has been focused on its effects on drivers and vehicle accidents. Arizona DUI laws do not in general differentiate between marijuana impairment and being under the influence of alcohol. However, there is still a great deal of argument as to whether or not drivers are truly impaired.

Errors made by nurses

It may take time for new registered nurses in Arizona to become accustomed to the chaotic environment of a hospital. While they are adjusting, they are more likely to make a medical error. This can be attributed to not having enough experience, being unable to perform critical thinking sufficiently and being distracted.

Breast cancer advances offer promise

Many Arizona women suffer from breast cancer. Some of them are misdiagnosed by their doctors, resulting in delayed treatment and worse prognoses. Others suffer harms from the harsh treatments that they must undergo. So far in 2016, three advances in breast cancer research provide some hope for women who develop the disease.

In Arizona, a DUI Can Mean Jail Time for a First Offense

In Arizona, there is no "slap on the wrist" punishment for a DUI. A DUI conviction can often include jail time. That is true even if you have never been arrested before or previously gotten into any trouble. Spending time in jail - even one night - is a scary experience. A DUI conviction affects your future in many ways. That's just one of many reasons you need an experienced Arizona DUI attorney if you are charged with a DUI.

The difficulty of obtaining a diagnose for a rare disease

In many cases, people in Arizona and throughout the United States suffering with a rare disease may face difficulty when seeking a correct diagnosis and treatment for the disease. This difficulty may be due to the fact that most doctors tend to concentrate on diseases that are commonly known.

Holiday Driving And DUIs

It is easy during the holidays when you gather with friends and family to consume more alcohol than you intended. Once you do, you must decide whether to drive you or someone else home. If you decide it is safe to get behind the wheel and you are stopped by law enforcement in Arizona, it is likely you will spend part of your holiday behind bars.

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