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Causes and consequences of wrong-site surgery

Wrong-site surgical errors in Arizona medical facilities are preventable, and it is important for those who perform such surgeries to recognize the impact an error can make on both the patient and on those involved. While a patient may deal with life-changing challenges in extreme cases, a health care facility and the team involved in a wrong-site surgery could face such professional consequences in resulting medical malpractice actions. As providers have become more transparent in reporting such errors, numbers have climbed. However, professional organizations have contributed to developing strategies for preventing such errors from being committed.

Leadership is critical in avoiding surgical errors. This is one of the leading areas that can contribute to or reduce such mistakes. Additional causes include poor communication and noncompliance with established surgery protocols. Factors such as emergencies, multiple surgeons or procedures, irregular patient physiology, changes in operating room or unusual equipment can increase the risk of errors. Improved communication and leadership may include a briefing period prior to a procedure to review the planned actions. Additionally, an interview process involving the patient can be helpful. Inclusion of a patient's family members may ensure that additional verification of the procedure is provided.

Pedestrian killed in Arizona hit-and-run event

A Sept. 12 accident in Tempe killed a pedestrian and left a man facing felony charges, authorities stated. Police reportedly suspect that a 29-year-old man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the pedestrian accident.

According to the Tempe Police Department, the incident happened at about 9 p.m., when a Ford pickup truck hit a pedestrian near McClintock Drive and Apache Boulevard. The man struck in the pedestrian accident reportedly died after being transported to a hospital.

Biker injured in Arizona hit-and-run

A 41-year-old man on a motorcycle was reportedly forced off the highway by a semi-truck on Sept. 4, according to Pima police. The semi-truck was allegedly trying to enter the motorcycle's lane and may not have seen the motorcycle. As a result, the motorcyclist swerved to the right to avoid being hit, struck a curb in front of a convenience store and crashed. The truck driver drove on, possibly not even realizing he had hit the biker.

The biker, a flight medic by occupation, was airlifted to the the University of Arizona Medical Center-University Campus, where his condition was listed as fair the following day. At the time of the accident, he was wearing a helmet and driving within the posted speed limit of 35 mph.

Violent Arizona accident injures 3

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, a moving truck was involved in a multi-vehicle wreck near downtown Phoenix that injured multiple people. The Interstate 10 accident transpired at approximately 11 a.m. on Sept. 9.

That is when a U-Haul traveling east on the interstate attempted to make a lane change but clipped an eastbound Nissan Altima, authorities stated. Consequently, the Nissan driver lost control of the vehicle and traversed the median, ultimately striking a westbound pick-up truck head-on. Following the incident, the driver of the U-haul failed to stop but continued driving east on I-10, authorities reported.

Arizona patients might experience wrong-site surgery

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.

Wrong-site surgeries may occur because of incorrect information supplied to the surgeon regarding the operating room schedule. Someone may enter the wrong information in the patient's history record, or there could be an error in the documentation concerning a physical examination. Physician fatigue is another cause of inappropriate care. In hospitals, resident surgeons may only get four or five hours of sleep per night.

2 injured in Phoenix collision

A student's vehicle was struck outside Thunderbird High School in North Phoenix around 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 3. The 17-year-old girl and the 78-year-old woman driving the other vehicle were each transported to an area trauma center for treatment of serious injuries. Both were expected to recover, according to police.

The student was exiting the school parking lot following a competition and traveling through a green light when the other driver approached in an SUV along Thunderbird Road, according to police. The driver of the SUV had apparently failed to notice that she was running a red traffic light, and she struck the teenager's sedan.

1 killed in Phoenix crash

One person was killed in an accident involving two vehicles in Phoenix on Aug. 28. Police suspect that the driver who caused the accident was using drugs prior to the fatal crash. The collision caused the closure of the highway for several hours.

According to authorities, the morning accident took place at the intersection of U.S. 60 and 99th Avenue when a 25-year-old Glendale woman drove through a red light and collided with another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle, a 51-year-old woman, was killed as a result of the car accident.

Examining the effects of a car accident on traumatic brain injury

Phoenix residents may wish to have more information about the seriousness of brain injuries related to car accidents. These injuries may result in severe damage, lengthy recovery and long-term effects.

Car accidents are the second-most frequent cause of traumatic brain injury in the U.S. after falls, comprising 17.3 percent of these injuries. They are the number one cause of deaths related to traumatic brain injury. This is due to the physics involved in a car crash. When vehicles collide, the opposing forces of the vehicles cause them to stop suddenly. However, the occupants of the vehicles continue their forward momentum. Even when a seat belt stops the person's body, there is potential for serious internal damage to the skeleton and organs, particularly the brain.

1 dead, others injured in Arizona drunk driving crash

An Arizona man who was accused of causing a car accident while under the influence on Aug. 24 was taken into police custody. The fatal crash took place on State Route 85 at the Broadway Road intersection in Buckeye.

Authorities stated that the 21-year-old man was driving a 2013 Dodge Ram pickup on State Route 85 when he failed to stop at a stop sign. The Dodge collided with a Volkswagen Beetle. A man who was sitting in the front passenger seat of the Volkswagen vehicle did not survive the incident. The Volkswagen driver suffered abrasions and cuts from the wreck.

1 dead, 1 critically injured in drunk driving crash

An Arizona man believed to have caused an accident that resulted in one death and another injury was accused of being under the influence at the time of the crash on Aug 21. According to a report, the incident took place near the intersection of 51st Avenue and Estrella Drive in Laveen.

It appeared that the 55-year-old man T-boned a van in an intersection after failing to stop at a designated sign. One of the passengers was thrown from the van and later crushed by the same vehicle. The other occupant, identified as a 56-year-old man, suffered injuries described as life-threatening. At the time that the report was released, he remained in critical condition.

*Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation by the State Bar of Arizona, Board of Legal Specialization