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Doctor insights on: Are Phlebotomist Suppose To Wait Until Alcohol Dries Before Sticking The Patient

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What is the effect of alcohol on hypertensive patient?

What is the effect of alcohol on hypertensive patient?

Let me explain: Drinking too much alcohol can raise blood pressure to unhealthy levels. Having more than three drinks in one sitting temporarily increases your blood pressure, but repeated binge drinking can lead to long-term increases. ...Read more

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Which alcohol is the least harmful for diabetic patients?

Which alcohol is the least harmful for diabetic patients?

Alcohol: You are only "diabetic" if you have type 1 diabetes.
If you have type 2 diabetes - your doctor should have told you by now - you must work to get rid of your diabetes. A dietitian and physical trainer can work you through this.
Alcohol is OK but too much is no good for you or anyone else. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a patient be turned in for alcohol and/or drug abuse?

It could be possible that a patient be turned in for alcohol and/or drug abuse?

"Turned in"?: What means "turned in, " here? Dr. Friedlander is right about the laws of confidentiality being strict. In general, your medical records cannot be revealed without your permission. There are certain conditions where the law requires reporting, though - - such as, when a child is at risk, being neglected or abused. Also if the doctor believes you may harm yourself or another & you refuse treatment. ...Read more

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How come alcohol intoxicated patients in the ER often have to be sedated if alcohol is already a sedative?

How come alcohol intoxicated patients in the ER often have to be sedated if alcohol is already a sedative?

Paradox: Some have mixed their alcohol use with other drugs. Some have a paradoxical reaction to alcohol. Many are in blackout and have no connection to a real perception of what they are doing or saying. ...Read more

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Could campral be used by patients who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol?

Could campral be used by patients who abuse other substances in addition to alcohol?

No: There is no evidence that acamprosate works for anything other than alcohol abuse. It works to decrease the potential of the brain to make a substance called glutamate, and alcohol abuse is the only known cause of elevating glutamate levels in the brain, so far as I know. There are other medications which may work for other drugs of abuse. If you are having drug problems, talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

Is disulfiram used to treat patients who are addicted to alcohol?

It can be.: The are several medications available to help with alcohol dependence, one of which is Disulfiram or antabuse (disulfiram). ...Read more

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Is smoking and alcohol dangerous for avsd patient? I am 22 year old avsd patient

Is smoking and alcohol dangerous for avsd patient? I am 22 year old avsd patient

No smoking!: Smoking is dangerous for anyone, more so if you have had heart surgery! if you choose to drink alcohol, use in moderation. ...Read more

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Can patients with diabetes mellitus consume alcohol?

Can patients with diabetes mellitus consume alcohol?

Yes, in moderation: We recommend no more than 1 daily, but with food ...Read more

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What are the results of a dengue patient drinking alcohol?

What are the results of a dengue patient drinking alcohol?

Dengue Fever: Acute Dengue Fever can impair liver function. Hepatic dysfunction can range from mild increases in transaminase levels to severe injury with jaundice and potentially liver failure and death. Adding in alcohol will increase toxicity to liver and may contribute to worsening illness. ...Read more

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What things can cause pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, apart from alcohol? Provide an answer for the patient who never imbibes alcohol.

What things can cause pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, apart from alcohol? Provide an answer for the patient who never imbibes alcohol.

Destruction: Pancreatic exocrine insufficiency typically occurs after destruction of the pancrease, (pancrelipase) usually from chronic pancreatitis. Causes include, gallstones, alcohol, hi triglycerides, autoimmune, hemachromatosis, medications, pancreatic divism ; sphincter of odi dysfunction. Other causes could be cystic fibrosis, cancer/tumor growth, sarcoidosis, amyloidosis, or idiopathic. ...Read more

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Do doctors see a lot of patients with alcohol abuse?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol and other substance abuse is very common, oftentimes a patient will see their doctor about a minor problem and they may be there, whether they realize it or not, to get help with substance abuse. Denial is a major symptom, and the diagnosis of alcoholism requires an thorough history and the development of trust from your patient. Once that occurs, healing can begin. ...Read more

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Might it be that a a doc turn his patient in for alcohol or drug abuse to the police or social services?

Might it be that a a doc turn his patient in for alcohol or drug abuse to the police or social services?

No: The exception is when you are a immediate danger to others ie drive to clinic visit drunk and you were going to drive home. ...Read more

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Will a heart patient be able to drink alcohol safely?

Will a heart patient be able to drink alcohol safely?

Alcohol: Not quite, in most cases depending on amount & extent of heart tissue damage. ...Read more

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For a patient diagnosed with alcohol abuse, not dependence, do you ever recommend aa?

For a patient diagnosed with alcohol abuse, not dependence, do you ever recommend aa?

Very Much So: Aa is precisely for alcohol abuse. You can always attend a few meetings and decide for yourself. Call it curiosity, call it data gathering, call it courage. See if the stories you hear in the rooms strike a cord with your own tale. The life you save may be your own. Aa has no enrollment, no commitment to a religion, is free of charge, and as anonymous as you wish. Try it ; let me know. Good luck! ...Read more

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What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:- (?

What if the patient has liver cirrhosis (alcohol) and his kidneys have failed/are failing. Can Dialysis help. He is unconcious:- (?

Poor prognosis: Renal failure in a patient with end-staged liver disease portends a very poor prognosis. Hepatorenal syndrome is complex and poorly understood but mortality is very high within weeks of development. While dialysis can prolong life, unless he is a liver transplant candidate, his quality and length of life will be severely curtailed. ...Read more

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My wife just finished alcohol detox at an in patient and she is having bad body cramps and aches what can do to alleviate the the pain?

My wife just finished alcohol detox at an in patient and she is having bad body cramps and aches what can do to alleviate the the pain?

I'd suggest your: Wife sees a dr or go to an urgent care right away to get checked for electrolyte imbalance and muscle inflammation/destruction -rhabdomyolysis. God bless you! ...Read more

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Can a liver failure patient be refused a place on the transplant waiting list if he abuses alcohol?

Yes: Alcoholism can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and loss of liver function. Most liver transplant programs have strict rules about transplanting livers into non-recovered alcoholics. Very often documented abstinence of 6 months or more is required. Check with your local transplant program about their rules and protocols. ...Read more

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What are the risks of contracting HIV from becomg a phlebotomist? What antiviral drugs are available if I got stuck with a needle by infected patient?

What are the risks of contracting HIV from becomg a phlebotomist? What antiviral drugs are available if I got stuck with a needle by infected patient?

HIV: Despite the best precautions, anyone carries the risk of a needle stick in your profession. If indeed one gets stuck, there is a protocol to be followed. Please inquire from your school or hospital. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Is tip of fractional laser hand changed between patient or not cause in my session nurse just clean it with alcohol ;is it can transmit blood disease?

Is tip of fractional laser hand changed between patient or not cause in my session nurse just clean it with alcohol ;is it can transmit blood disease?

Usually Not Changed: A fractional laser hand piece is usually not changed between patients. There is nearly no risk of disease transmission, so the part that touches the skin typically is cleaned by wiping it down with a sanitizer such as alcohol. ...Read more

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Can omeprazole medicine for a sugar patient can be taken for ulcer problem.? What will be the, dose? Having a habit of smoking and alcohol

Yes. 20 BID. Quit.: Omeprazole is part of the treatment for pt's with ulcers whether or not they have other disease. The dose is often 20 mg twice a day. Alcohol and tobacco avoidance is key during the healing process. ...Read more

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Saw blood draw where site was touched with unwashed finger and then not sterilized with alcohol swab. If new needle was used, is patient at high risk?

Saw blood draw where site was touched with unwashed finger and then not sterilized with alcohol swab. If new needle was used, is patient at high risk?

Not high risk.: I'm bothered by the fact that good sterile technique was not employed in this blood draw, it seems, and the chance that some bacteria came along for the ride with the needle exists. That being said, I'd think the chance of actual blood borne infection is small, in the absence of some immunosuppressing condition, with one such blood draw. ...Read more

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Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since I got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since I got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and

Sometimes :-): No human can possibly know what others intend or are doing, unless the person tells it. Or, sometimes they may be seen by others who report it. I'm thinking you mean "self-medicate" rather than "self-meditate." I really hope my patients are meditating -- and they're welcome to do it without telling me. :-) It's very sad when they're uninvested enough in their health to swap meds. ...Read more