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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Depends on cause: Lungs can be re-inflated & assisted ventilation can be withdrawn with recovery.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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Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size? To further assist me with my daily running?

Will rhythmic breathing exercises everyday for 15-20 minutes help me with increasing my lungs capacity/size?  To further assist me with my daily running?

No science here: Lung capacity / size increases some in marathon runners because of the extra extreme exertion changing the chest wall shape. There's no magic in rhythmic breathing -- i've seen only pseudoscience here. Unless you have asthma, it's your heart and not your lungs that limits your running capacity. Did you ever hear of real olympic or pro-team coaches incorporating this stuff? ...Read more

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Gi vs pulmonary critical care, what's the difference?

Gi vs pulmonary critical care, what's the difference?

Stomach vs lungs : GI stands for gastrointestinal. These doctors specialize in problems dealing with the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas. Pulmonary doctors specialize in issues pertaining to the lungs and many of these are also critical care specialists. ...Read more

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Why are critical care nurses so important?

Why are critical care nurses so important?

Critical care nurses: Critical care nurses are very important because they have a unique skill set to take care of patients who are so ill that they require support of their basic life functions. Some of these patients rely on mechanical ventilators to help them breath, dialysis machines to replace the function of their kidneys and powerful intravenous medications to support their heart and blood pressure. ...Read more

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Who do people get fed who are in critical care?

Who do people get fed who are  in critical care?

Hypermetabolic: Critically ill patients are typically hypermetabolic meaning they're requiring large amounts of energy to repair and maintain normal physiologic systems. This energy requires food to replenish or else muscle will be lost to provide energy stores. Even with feeding, many people have a net loss of weight and muscle mass with critical illnesses. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: critical care?

What is the definition or description of: critical care?

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

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What are the differences between a nurse and a critical care nurse?

What are the differences between a nurse and a critical care nurse?

Different specialty : Some nurses get extra training to become critical care nurses, since patient require more complex treatments. ...Read more

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What do critical care pharmacists do?

ICU Pharmacist: A critical care pharmacist is a pharmacist who specializes in the critical care or ICU where the needs of the patient are different than the regular floor of the hospital. They assist the Intensivist by recommending dose adjustment, alternate medication options in addition to preparing the IV mixture of the medication. They are an integral part of the ICU treatment team. ...Read more

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How is eclampsia treated by the critical care team?

Manage symptoms: Intensivists work with the obstetricians in a multidisciplinary, multispecialty collaborative practice team. Major treatment is to treat symptoms and manage preeclampsia. Specific treatment may include control of blood pressure, drugs for seizures. The only real treatment is delivery of the baby; the ICU team helps control the symptoms until the OB believes risk/benefit is in favor of delivery. ...Read more

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Dr. John Sampson
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Critical Care (Definition)

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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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