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What's the outlook for a 16 yr old girl with 2 collapsed lungs, now has assisted breathing via machine?

What's the outlook for a 16  yr old girl with 2 collapsed lungs, now has assisted breathing via machine?

Depends on cause: Lungs can be re-inflated & assisted ventilation can be withdrawn with recovery. The underlying cause of the incident is more important. Car crash: other injuries, brain trauma, period with poor oxygen to organs & brain. Asthma, cystic fibrosis, other lung disease. The human system can come back from major injuries as long as pre-injury health was good. Sickly people do worse. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more


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My mum is in end stage heart disease. The drs have put a tube down her thoat for self assisted breathing.?

My mum is in end stage heart disease.  The drs have put a tube down her thoat for self assisted breathing.?

Talk to her docs: End-stage heart disease commonly refers to having a very weak heart or very bad arteries, could also mean meds are no longer working, symptoms are uncontrollable, and prognosis is poor (time is short). In this situation utilizing life support might help as a bridge to possible surgery, etc., otherwise uncertain as to benefit as may only prolong dying process. Talk to her doctors about her wishes. ...Read more

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What exactly does a critical care nurse do?

What exactly does a critical care nurse do?

Critical care nurse: A critical care nurse takes care of patients who are in the intensive care unit. These are the sickest patients in the hospital and have conditions that impair their life functions such as breathing, kidney function, blood pressure control and heart function. ...Read more

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Is critical care cost covered by medicare?

Is critical care cost covered by medicare?

Yes: Generally there is coverage for critical care if you have medicare. Payment is linked to diagnoses and is fixed, so it doesn't cover all charges. However, patient's are only responsible for their deductibles. ...Read more

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What does a critical care medicine specialist do?

ICU: Critical care specialists are trained to take care of the sickest patients in the hospital who require special expertise in complex management of multiple organ systems. They coordinate the care of other specialists and work as the leader of the team managing patients with life threatening illnesses. ...Read more

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What childhood kidney problems require critical care?

What childhood kidney problems require critical care?

Acute renal failure: Hemolytic-uremic syndrome, severe renal trauma/shattered kidney, malignant hypertension, uncontrolled hematuria, hematuria with thrombocytopenia with or without bk virus, overwhelming urosepsis. ...Read more

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Which departments in the hospital are considered critical care?

Which departments in the hospital are considered critical care?

ICU: Hi. The intensive care unit may be run by various specialists: medical ICU is usually run by pulmonary critical care, cardiac ICU is run by cardiology, surgical ICU is run by anesthesiologists with surgical input, pediatric ICU and neonatal ICU are run by pediatric intensivists, neurological ICU is run by neurological intensivists. What ICU a patient ends up in depends on patient problem. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between a critical care and an intensive care unit?

Same thing: Different hospitals have different terms for specialized care units that take care of the sickest patients. ...Read more

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Who takes care of my children if they would ever need critical care treatment?

Critical care doc: If your child needs critical care treatment, he/she would presumably be cared for in an intensive care unit (icu), or more specifically a pediatric ICU (picu). The main physicians caring for your child there would be pediatric intensivists and/or surgical critical care specialists. There might be other specialists consulting on the case, too. There would also be ICU nurses and other therapists. ...Read more

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Dr. John Sampson
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Critical Care (Definition)

The assessment, treatment and management of patients with life threatening illness who require advanced monitoring and minute by ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Assisted Breathing (Definition)

Assisted Breathing, or a ventilator, is used to help people who cannot breathe consistently on their own, usually because ...Read more