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Woman dies after refusing to leave the hospital

Arizona residents may be interested to learn about the death of a woman in Florida. The 57-year-old woman died after she was arrested at Calhoun Liberty Hospital on Dec. 21. Shortly before her death, the woman was being escorted out of the hospital by a police officer for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Military service members face barriers in malpractice cases

Members of the military in Arizona could experience significant legal barriers when attempting to collect compensation after a medical injury. The Feres doctrine is a federal law that prevents military personnel and their families from suing the federal government for injuries resulting from activities related to military service. Although the Feres doctrine has been unsuccessfully challenged since its establishment in 1950, another family has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court after an infant girl suffered brain and nerve damage from birth injuries that happened at a hospital operated by the U.S. Army.

Safety culture important in reducing surgical errors

Hospitals in Arizona and around the country might avoid mistakes by focusing just as much on non-technical safety as on surgeons' skills. According to a study originally presented at the American Medical Research Symposium in 2014 and published in the "Journal of American College of Surgeons," skills such as teamwork and communication are important in creating an overall safety culture within a hospital that reduces the likelihood of errors.

An overview of obstetric fistula

Expectant mothers in Arizona have a relatively low risk of experiencing obstetric fistula during childbirth. Although this birth injury has the potential to cause the death of an infant and to seriously impact the health of a mother, medical progress during the 20th century has resulted in high-income nations having practically no occurrences of this issue. Fistula is most common in remote areas where access to health services is minimal, especially in some parts of Asia and in portions of Africa. Statistics from the World Health Organization indicate that as many as three of every 1,000 pregnant women in ares with high mortality rates for mothers are affected by fistula.

Researchers say the "weekend effect" is real in obstetrics

Pregnant women in Arizona may not want to induce labor on the weekend. A new study by the Imperial College London found that births that take place on Saturdays and Sundays are riskier than weekday births. The results of the study confirmed the existence of the 'weekend effect," a phenomenon that has been studied extensively in several different areas of health care.

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