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BLOOD TESTING IN ARIZONA DUI CASES

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The diagram represents the basic process of: everything that needs to be done "error free" for a blood test result to be accurate and reliable in an Arizona DUI case. Each lab and jurisdiction may have variations of this process, but the general process is captured in the diagram.

As you can see the machine (a gas chromatograph) is just a small part of the process.

A reliable blood test result requires more than just the gas chromatograph to be working properly. Put another way, an accurate and reliable blood test result is loosely based on the following equation: Human + Machine = Accurate & Reliable Result.

However, the first two parts of the equation are not equally balanced. That is, they are not each 50% of the what is needed to get the right answer.

Despite the fact the gas chromatograph is only a small part of the process, it is common that the only records documenting, and verifying, the steps in the process were done error free concern the machine. The remaining majority of the process is usually left on unchecked and with limited documentation.

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BLOOD TESTING IN ARIZONA DUI CASES

  1. 1. THE PROCESS OF TESTINGBLOOD FOR ALCOHOL IN AN ARIZONA DUI CASE Lawrence Koplow Koplow Law Firm 4835 East Cactus Road, Suite 310 Scottsdale, Arizona 85254 www.Azfirm.com With the essential help of Jury Guru Diane Wyzga of LIGHTNING ROD COMMUNICATIONS http://www.lightrod.net
  2. 2. Arresting DRAW Officer ? LABEL TRANSPORT TO STATION ? COLLECT IMPOUND REFRIGERATOR ? CREATE HUMAN REQUEST MACHINE ASSIGN TO TOXICOLOGIST CREATE DONE EACH WORK LIST TIME FORABOUT 100 VIALS TAKING TRANSPORTSEVERAL HOURS TO LAB THE ONLY PART OF THE MACHINE PROCESS WHERE THE STATE State CHECKS THEIR WORK COMPARE KITS TO Toxicologist WORK LIST SORT KITS FROM OLDEST TO NEWEST LABEL HEADSPACE VIALS IN CORRECT ORDER & WITH THE RIGHT NUMBER LOAD REMBER TO MIX SAMPLES NUMBER HEADSPACE VIALS PIPETTE CLEAN MARK VIALS WITH INITIALS each sample PIPETTE TIP for each sample

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