A 25-year-old female asked:
do pts on long term mechanical ventilation (at a vent home) have to be sedated during ventilation hrs? if not, why sedated in hospital setting?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
Anesthesiology 25 years experience
Depends on Pt., etc.: Sedation for the ventilated patient is dependent upon the patient (level of cognitive/ physical function and level of anxiety), the pt's comorbidities/active medical problems, and vent mode regardless of the setting. No two patients and their hospital courses are alike. Therefore, sedation and comfort plans should be pt.-specific with frequent assessment for appropriate modification if needed.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Can you catch norovirus from someone breathing on you?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No: It is spread from fecal contamination of things subsequently swallowed. Aerosol inaction of particles swallowed may also occur. It is not spread from breathing it in.
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Will I stop breathing during anesthesia?
7 doctor answers • 18 doctors weighed in
General Surgery 24 years experience
No: When you undergo general anesthesia, you are deep enough that you would not breathe without support. The most important duty of the anesthesia team managing you is that you continue breathing. That is why they intubate you (pass a breathing tube down your trachea), place you on a ventilator, and monitor your vitals and other parameters very closely.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Is a "salt pipe" good for breathing difficulties?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Unknown: The use of salt therapy began in Europe in the 1800s, when it was observed that Siberian salt miners had less respiratory illnesses than their peers that worked above ground. On the internet, there are thousands of testimonials and 151 "articles" on salt pipes or "halotherapy" however only one of these had "controls" and the results were inconclusive, and testimonials are not the same as evidence.
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A 23-year-old member asked:
How sick can someone get for breathing in sewage smells?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Nausea: Smelling sewer will not make you sick just nauseous.
6.2k viewsReviewed >2 years ago
A 38-year-old member asked:
Can I buy anything that will prevent me from breathing cigarette smoke?
2 doctor answers • 2 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
No and Yes: Well you do not need to buy anything, but stay away from smokers and not smoke yourself. If there was something like this available, it would make someone very wealthy. Seems i read the most powerful toxic fume masks used by industrial folks working with hazardous fumes will only block about 90% of nearby cigarette smoke. Would not quote that figure.
5.6k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Feb 1, 2014
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