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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Life Support (Definition)

Life Support is a broad type of healthcare intervention, encompassing measures used to ...Read more


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What is basic cardiac life support vs advanced?

What is basic cardiac life support vs advanced?

See below: Basic life support basically refers to CPR and basic airway management. Advanced life support includes cpr, defibrillation, intubation as well as IV medications. ...Read more

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How effective is life support for treating cardiac arrest?

How effective is life support for treating cardiac arrest?

That's a tough one: If the arrest is from heart rhythm problem, then good BLS (=CPR) + defibrillation can at least temporarily save 20-60% (studies vary a LOT). When CPR used on terminally ill pts from perceived obligation "to try," rate more like 4-8%. Combined, about 15% respond positively to get to ICU to work on fixing what caused the arrest. ...Read more

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My mom went in2 cardiac arrest & brought back but on life support -before her brain died completely could she hear me telling her I love her please?

My mom went in2 cardiac arrest  & brought back but on life support -before her brain died  completely  could she hear me telling her I love her please?

Yes: It is likely that she heard you. I guess it was her time. I tell the loved ones and staff that are within earshot of my patients who are in a coma, to assume that everything they say can be heard and understood. If they cannot hear then nothing is lost through such acts of kindness. ...Read more

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Cariac arrest no pulse nothing brought back life support and took off and breathed on own 2 days. How long was she without oxygen 4 her to live 2 day?

Cariac arrest no pulse nothing brought back life support and took off and breathed on own 2 days. How long was she without oxygen 4  her to live 2 day?

So sorry: Sorry to hear of this devastation.Cant tell exactly what's being asked, but will take a shot:there are many variables that go into how long a body can continue to function post cardiac arrest.The respiratory center is buried deep in midbrain,protected by the cerebral cortex. It can continue to function and effect respirations even after severe oxygen deprivation. Ive seen go for several days. ...Read more

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Overdose+life+supportdoes having seizures while on life support after drug overdose have meaning (good or bad)?

Acute vs subsequent: Acute seizures during the overdose indicate toxic state or withdrawal state. This may resolve with good supportive care. Subsequent seizures usually indicate severe brain damage with bad outcome. ...Read more

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My father in law is on life support from a drug overdose and his kidneys are shut down. Will he ever b the same? He was unresponsive w/ bed sores also

My father in law is on life support from a drug overdose and his kidneys are shut down. Will he ever b the same? He was unresponsive w/ bed sores also

Looks grim: The presence of bedsores suggests a long-term problem. The drug overdose causing both a coma and kidney failure suggest mult-system organ failure. Occasionally, this can be reversed by an emergency dialysis, but the combinanation is very worrisome. ...Read more

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What is the point in taking someone off life support if they are sick aren't they gonna die anyway?

What is the point in taking someone off life support if they are sick aren't they gonna die anyway?

Life support: I f you offer the life support when the hear is still beating the machine breaths for the individual, if the heart is strong enough life is prolonged in a vegetative state as long as the support is provided by the machine. ...Read more

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Aunt had to take husband off life support in '09. Thinks he went to hell bc didn't go to church. Complicated grief. How can I help?

See chaplain...: Sounds like she might need to talk to her spiritual leader. I am certainly not religious, but I am unaware of any religion banishing one to hell for not attending church. ...Read more

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Do people recover from being on life support?

People do not seem : Comfortable with your question. Often people do not make it despite the valiant efforts of physicians to save their lives. If someone you know is on life support, speak the doctors to find out the prognosis. Doctors are human and have a tough time accepting when they can't save someone. Sometimes palliative care is all they can do, to keep the person comfortable with loved ones at their side. ...Read more

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What dose it mean if my so was over breeding his life support?

Is getting better: You probably meant overbreathing. That means that he is able to breath on his own and is getting better. ...Read more

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Can a person die or heart stop while on life support?

Can a person die or heart stop while on life support?

Yes it is possible: Being on life support, usually means that the person is on a ventilator(breathing machine... which takes over the function of the lungs). But you still need a beating heart to survive. If the Heart stops working, the person would die within a few minutes ...Read more

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What happens to a coma patient when you stop the life support machine?

What happens to a coma patient when you stop the  life support machine?

Depends: It really depends on whether the brains respiratory center has been damaged and the extent of the damage. Many people with coma still have spontaneous respirations and do not need life support to continue their breathing. ...Read more

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Do surgeons ever have to be the one to turn off life support on a patient?

Information: This is an ethical issue and is usually decided by a team of people including the surgeon. Also it is important for everyone to have an advanced directive, or legal power of attorney stipulating end of life care treatment options. ...Read more

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Is is possible for a severely anemic woman to end up on life support after having a baby?

Yes...but: It is usually always possible to put someone on life support. Just because someone is pregnant or anemic doesn't mean that they need to go on life support. Your question is difficult to answer without some specifics. ...Read more

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Where can I find a free copy of the basic life support for healthcare providers-student manual?

Internet see below: http://openlibrary.org/search?q=basic+life+support+for+healthcare+providers-student+manual.

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My brother was put on life support Wednesday. Ive felt dizzy since. Today is Monday. Is this normal? How can I make it go away?

My brother was put on life support Wednesday. Ive felt dizzy since. Today is Monday. Is this normal? How can I make it go away?

Anxiety: It seems that you may be experiencing a version of anxiety related to the stress of your brother's illness. To be fair, you should have your family doc evaluate you for more concerning causes of dizziness. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more