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Doctor insights on: Air Embolism Health Screening Programs

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Dr. Mark Pack
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Are occupational health services (chemical testing) really necessary for non-risk occupations?

Probably not: By chemical testing if you mean biological monitoring for effects of workplace toxins, like lead, asbestos, etc., there's no point in doing this if a worker is not exposed to these substances by the nature of their work, even if the toxins exist somewhere else in the workplace. If you mean drug testing, this is a matter of company policy as it pertains to the drug free workplace act. ...Read more

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Looking for air pollution level data?

Looking for air pollution level data?

EPA.gov: The following site is a good starting point. http://www.epa.gov/. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for an excellent pulmonary critical care doctor for elderly person w/aspiration pneumonia in largo/clearwater fl? Not jacksonville

Any recommendations for an excellent pulmonary critical care doctor for elderly person w/aspiration pneumonia in largo/clearwater fl? Not jacksonville

Go through local doc: Your family physician is the best link 2 help u find a medical specialist. In emergency situations, it is best 2 go through your local emergency room. If the patient is already in the hospital, u will have 2 options: go with the docs on staff, or get the patient transferred 2 another hospital. Aspiration pneumonia requires prompt & accurate treatment. Delays increase organ damage/death. Dr mike. ...Read more

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Are CD4 counts part of a regular yearly (physical) blood work?

Are CD4 counts part of a regular yearly (physical) blood work?

No: Cd4 counts are generally only measured in people with HIV infection or with certain other immunosuppressive conditions. ...Read more

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Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Is there any good data showing that workplace health programs (like paying employees to get yearly pe) does anything measurable for health outcomes?

Health programs: Such programs have helped to control hypertension, obesity and dieting as well as cholesterol control other programs have cut down on work place accidents and auto accidents. ...Read more

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How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities increasing in the us and uk?

How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities increasing in the us and uk?

Not increasing: I don't know about uk, but in the us there has been an overall decrease in mental hospitals over the past 30 years. There is also a sparsity of outpatient mental health facilities all over the us. Unfortunately, there is an under supply of psychiatrists and other mental health providers. ...Read more

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Are health educators allowed to draw blood at free STD clinics?

Are health educators allowed to draw blood at free STD clinics?

Probably not: A health educator is likely not trained/qualified to draw blood. This is an invasive procedure that is usually done by trained phlebotomists, nurses, or other medical professionals. ...Read more

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Are HealthTap Doctors allowed to fill out a DBQ (Disability Benefits Questionnaire) issued by the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, for PTSD?

Are HealthTap Doctors allowed to fill out a DBQ (Disability Benefits Questionnaire) issued by the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, for PTSD?

Some are: The DBQ application forms are a summary of the medical status of a veteran in relationship to claimed service connected disability. A team of contract physicians has been trained to perform these examinations and submit the DBQ forms. Some Health Tap doctors have had this training and can do this although the examinations are scheduled through organizations such as VES and QTC.l ...Read more

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Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Do health insurers often exclude maternity care from insurance plans?

Not often: This has generally been legislated out of most plans although it was common in the past. Many plans, however, have time limitations so no coverage for many conditions including pregnancy for a period of 4-8 months after signing up to prevent people with no insurance or competing insurance from jumping into a new plan while already having a condition. ...Read more

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Global health organisation warns families to prepare emergency family plan: what medicine and supplies.?

Global health organisation warns families to prepare emergency family plan:  what medicine and supplies.?

Six basic supplies: 1 water mke sure you have water for basic needs for 3 days 2 food non perishable for st least 3 days 3 first aid and supplies 4 clothing and beddings appropriate 5 tools and special items like flash lights and fresh batteries 6 battery powered communication devices and dont forget copies of important documents like drivers licence, passports. Prescription medicines and over the counter meds. ...Read more

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Are public health causes getting good use on social media sites?

Are public health causes getting good use on social media sites?

Not enough yet: I think that social media will prove helpful, but their sue so far is far too limited. However, much good (as well as bad) information can be found on the web. See www.Jpc-se.Org to learn about developing policy issues. (i am the chair of that international committee.). ...Read more

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How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities costs increasing in the us?

How much are mental hospitals or mental health facilities costs increasing in the us?

Health facility cost: The cost of personnel has not gone up that much. Facility costs have risen as has the cost of home ownership and many older facilities need ongoing maintenance and improvements. Drug costs have increased as new and more potent and useful medications are created. ...Read more

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Can smoking and lung x-rays affect aviation?

Can smoking and lung x-rays affect aviation?

Yes: The condition of your lungs to get sufficient Oxygen into your blood stream is very critical at altitudes even as low as 5000 feet at night and 10,000 in day. Without the proper Oxygen, you suffer from hypoxia - you feel that all is ok because your judgment center is disarmed. Go do the altitude chamber exercise for a real eye opener on how hypoxia affect you and you do not know it when hypoxic. ...Read more

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Find section 1931(c)(1) of the public health services act?

GOOGLE IT: Should come up just like that. Did you have a medical question we may be able to help you with? ...Read more

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Where are the residential teen mental health facilities?

Where are the residential teen mental health facilities?

Where do you live?: I know here in virginia there are a few. Depends where you live really. Some places are out of the way, and others are in populated centers. Your local hospital, especially if it has a department of psychology, will have a list. Otherwise you can consult with the state board of psychology for a local list. You will usually need referral from your physician to get in. ...Read more

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70 % lung function - will this patient require oxygen?

70 % lung function - will this patient require oxygen?

Not really: Pt should have abg done and if oxygen level is less than 55, pt will need oxygen, ( or o2 sat <88%). ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Air Embolism (Definition)

Blood vessels are made to carry blood - liquid. A small amount of air in a vessel is not usually a big deal as it will be absorbed into the blood. Larger volumes of air (10 mL or larger) can be significant to block blood flow in that vessel. That is bad in the brain (stroke) and really bad in the heart because ...Read more


Dr. Adam Lewis
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Embolus (Definition)

Usually a blood clot that migrates from one area of the body to another. Most commonly a clot from a leg vein to the lung . It can also pertain to a clot, or atheromatous material that moves from one segment to another, such as cholesterol material in a carotid lesion moving into the ...Read more