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Can hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

Can  hospital care include hospice care for the terminally ill ?

It depends...: It depends on the hospital course. If the person was admitted for a condition and treated but worsened during the hospitalization to the point that death was imminent, comfort care or hospice care may occur in the hospital. However, most hospitals will try and transfer people home or to a skilled nursing facility with hospice care if the person has a little longer to live. ...Read more

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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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What's the difference between the icu (intensive care unit), and a ccu (critical care unit)?

What's the difference between the icu (intensive care unit), and a ccu (critical care unit)?

None: These are terms that essentially describe the same high level care floor/unit for the critically ill. ...Read more

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Are intensive care and critical care the same thing?

Yes: Yes, there are different intensive care unit ( cardiovascular, surgical or medical). The physician practicing in these units are Critical Care physicians. ...Read more

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Please help? Is the "post operative room", the same as "intensive care unit" (icu)?

Please help? Is the "post operative room", the same as "intensive care unit" (icu)?

Not necessarily. : A postoperative or post anesthesia unit specializes in care of patients who have recently emerged from anesthesia (and veryrecent surgery). An intensive care unit specializes in high level (intensive) physiologic monitoring, ventilators, and powerful vasoactive medications and sedatives that need to be closely titrated. There can be overlap in some places, but they are separate in others. ...Read more

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How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

How is palliative care done in a hospice setting?

Hospice: Well, you may just need a palliative approach to care; comfort over cure. Hospice is palliative care in the last months of life. Discuss with your physician about working on your comfort or find a physician who is hospice and palliatively board-certified. It is unfortunate that cms has sort of defined hospice meaning palliative care for the last six months of life, but this is only an estimate. ...Read more

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What is the resident's role in assisting with endotracheal intubation?

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What is the resident's role in assisting with endotracheal intubation?

Supervised: A resident typically handles the entire endotracheal intubation process under the supervision of an attending physician. ...Read more

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What is difference between assisted living and skilled nursing center and nursing home?

What is difference between assisted living and skilled nursing center and nursing home?

Levels of care: The highest level of care is delivered in the hospitals. Out of the hospital the highest level of care is in a skilled nursing facility that can give complete custoidial care including total patient assistance with daily living, giving medications and intravenous therapy, and all necessary care. The next level of care are assisted living homes that can help people who need less nursing care. ...Read more

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What are the qualifications to get into assisted living residential care?

What are the qualifications to get into assisted living residential care?

Assisted living: One need not "qualify". However, most people going into assistive living need assistance with instrumental activities of daily living(iadls) like shopping, cooking, etc and may need help with adls(activities of dail living) like bathing dressing, eating, etc. ...Read more

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Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Are their social development programs for graduates from neonatal intensive care unit?

Development: Many nicus have developmental follow up clinics to evaluate progress and needs after going home from the nicu and the children are prescribed physical, occupational, and speech therapy as is warranted. The therapy occurs on developmentally appropriate levels which is often through play therapy. ...Read more

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How are palliative care programs set up?

How are palliative care programs set up?

Good question!: I wasn't sure, but i found this: http://www.Growthhouse.Org/palliative/ there is also a national association for homecare and hospice; they may have more useful information. It's a great question, and a much-needed service! ...Read more

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Explain palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Explain  palliative care for adults with cancer in a hospital vs those getting care in hospice?

Both ease symptoms!: Pallative care in a hospital is often delivered by a consulting team of clinicians, or in a specialized inpatient unit. Patients at any stage of illness can be helped by palliative care. Hospice is one form of palliative care that usually is delivered at home by a team of specialists, focused on the very last phase of life. ...Read more

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Is hospice care passionate?

Is hospice care passionate?

Another thought: I'm wondering if you meant, is hospice care compassionate? The idea of hospice is to provide specialized medical care for someone who is near the end of life, and their family--and usually patients and families find that hospice care is very compassionate--at its best hospice addresses all the aspects of dying. ...Read more

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Dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults, in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked). Y?

Dementia pt 1st in assisted living, then memory care unit but evict due to assaults,  in psych unit, then again assisted living unit (not locked).  Y?

Dementia & assaults: There are many possible causes for violent behavior in people with dementia, including delirium from occult infection, & conflict with staff. It requires urgent evaluation. I'm sorry, but I have no way of knowing how placement was selected for this person after discharge from inpatient psychiatry. Please ask the physicians and staff involved about this, and for any recommendations they may have. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Help docs, is hyperbaric oxygen therapy the same as breathing oxygen through an oxygen tank?

Hyperbaric vs oxygen: No, it is not. Oxygen with a mask or nasal cannula supplied by a tank is not delivered under pressure. Hyperbaric chambers deliver oxygen under pressure so that the level of oxygen in the body tissues exceeds those values that oxygen is delivered via sea level. ...Read more

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Is spirometry used in critical care only to measure lung function?

Rarely used: Spirometry is a test of lung physiology usually performed in outpatient settings, not in an icu. I can think of a few times when we've used it to assess a patient's ability to breathe when they have neuromuscular disease, but it's not generally a tool we'd use in an icu. ...Read more

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What are some important regulations to operate a health care mobile unit?

Beyond scope: Of HealthTap. This would best be addressed through State, county and city departments. ...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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Son having dental proc under ga.Requires intubation/vent during surgery&ct.Optimal method of intubation?How will ventilation be maintained during ct?

Son having dental proc under ga.Requires intubation/vent during surgery&ct.Optimal method of intubation?How will ventilation be maintained during ct?

General anesthesia : Surgery under general anesthesia can be a very stressful event for the parents and child. Today monitoring, medications and techniques for general anesthesia are very safe and highly effective. In most cases the tube is placed through the mouth or the nose. Fiberoptic scopes and guides can provide access to the most difficult airways. Discuss your concerns with the anesthesiologist. ...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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Critical Care (Definition)

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


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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