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Doctor insights on: Do Doctors Reuse Pacemakers

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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Pacemaker (Definition)

A pacemaker is a device which sends electrical signals to the heart triggering heartbeats when needed. There are many ways to implant and configure a pacemaker; it may beat the top chambers (atria), lower chambers (ventricles) or both. Some systems stimulate both the left and right ventricles together. Pacemakers generally treat abnormally slow heart rhythms and certain ...Read more


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How do doctors put pacemakers in?

Carefully!: Most commonly one, two, or three insulated wires are placed through the left or right subclavian vein (runs under the clavicle) using a large bore needle and plastic tubes (sheaths), and then a pocket is created in the area about a half inch below the clavicle where the wires will be connected to the generator and the generator is placed in the pocket and closed. ...Read more

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Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

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Why do physicians use metal needles to access dialysis fistula?

It is less traumatic: Usually specially-trained nurses or technicians access dialysis fistulas, not physicians. Metal needles are used to help penetrate the skin and the thickened wall of the vein accurately and with minimal trauma. Sometimes blunt needles are used (if a buttonholing technique is being employed). ...Read more

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How do pacemakers and defibrillators work?

How do pacemakers and defibrillators work?

Heart Rhythm: Pacemakers control the rate of the heart's beat. Defibrillators deliver shock(s) to try to return the heart to a normal rhythm. ...Read more

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Do defibrillators work in asystole?

Do defibrillators work in asystole?

No: Defibrillators work to disrupt an irregular, rapid, pathological heart beat. They don't "jump start" a heart that is not beating. ...Read more

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How many doctors use electronic stethoscopes?

How many doctors use electronic stethoscopes?

Electronic Stethos: They are used in the same manner as regular stethoscopes. Electronic stethoscopes, besides being used as a traditional stethoscope, may include wifi technology and interacts with it own app. The doctor can download it easily on his Smartphone and Tablet. It may amplify the cardiac/respiratory sound, may apply filters to select the cardiac or pulmonary noise, record and display sounds, etc. ...Read more

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How do doctors create artificial hearts?

How do doctors create artificial hearts?

Carmat: With artificial hearts what do you mean exactly? Artificial can be mechanical assist devices if that is what you mean. LIke the HeartMate II. Other technology go for a bioartificial heart like the Carmat -http://www.wsj.com/articles/carmat-implants-artificial-heart-in-a-second-patient-1410176132 ...Read more

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Do doctors have to keep colleagues drug use confidential?

That depends on: the context. If we notice red flags within the workplace that suggest that one of our colleagues suffers from a significant impairment - many medical providers would consider it an ethical obligation to address the situation or report it. My response is from the perspective of being a coworker (not being the medical provider to an impaired physician). ...Read more

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Why don't they clean counters at doctors offices? They put their instruments there sometimes.

Why don't they clean counters at doctors offices? They put their instruments there sometimes.

They should be: Counters and beds in doctors offices should always be disinfected between rooming patients. If that is not something that is happening you can express the need for that to your doctor/nurse. ...Read more

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Why do medical staff use latex gloves?

Why do medical staff use latex gloves?

Hygiene: Latex gloves are used to provide a barrier to keep the wearing from contaminating the patient and vice versa. It can also cut down the spread of infection. Most hospital staff such as food and cleaning also wear them to cut down risks. ...Read more

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Do people who use dialysis machines need to urinate at all?

Do people who use dialysis machines need to urinate at all?

Urinating + dialysis: Some people on dialysis will continue to urinate. The urine they produce is just not enough for their daily needs. ...Read more

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Do defibrillators work?

Do defibrillators work?

Oh yes: Defibrillators are extraordinarily effective devices for the treatment of what would otherwise be fatal lower chamber heart rhythms. That said, they must be used in an extremely timely fashion or their benefits will not prevent irreversible damage from the lack of blood flow seen in these dangerous rhythms. ...Read more

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How come doctors don't do chest x-rays with routine check-ups anymore?

How come doctors don't do chest x-rays with routine check-ups anymore?

Hi risk/low benefit: There's no real such thing as a "routine chest xray". Any radiologic imaging study should be done to answer a specific question. Most physicians don't order xrays (or ct scans or ultrasounds, etc) "just because", anymore. Risk of radiation is too great, especially as we are living much longer these days. ...Read more

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Who should use pacemakers?

Who should use pacemakers?

HeartRhythm or block: Pacemakers are most commonly necessary for patients with bradycardia- slow heart rate, tachycardia - fast heart rate, and heart block - when the heart stops beating for several seconds. ...Read more

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Why do paramedics use defibrillators with a heart attack patient?

Why do paramedics use defibrillators with a heart attack patient?

Fibrillation : Some patients who suffer a heart attack develop deadly heart rhythms called ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation. The heart does not contract properly under these conditions and without external defibrillation to shock the heart back into normal the patient would die. ...Read more

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Do all docs & nurse practitioners need to have liability insurance to practice?

Do all docs & nurse practitioners need to have liability insurance to practice?

No: Doctors (and presumably also nurse practitioners) need to have a license to practice. Malpractice liability insurance is purchased by doctors unless the insurance is too expensive, which has actually happened in some states, creating a malpractice insurance crisis . . . Meaning that the amount a doctor earns from providing patient care is not enough to pay malpractice insurance premiums. ...Read more

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Why do most medical doctors wear glasses?

Why do most medical doctors wear glasses?

To see very well: Observation is a very important aspect of medical care. ...Read more

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Do modern day medical doctors believe in heavy metal toxicity??

Yes: Heavy metal toxicity is real. It is not an issue of belief. Metals such as lead, mercury, silver, uranium have been associated with illnesses. Consult this site that is devoted to modern doctors and provides information about metal toxicity. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/heavy-metal-poisoning ...Read more

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How do doctors control arrhythmia?

How do doctors control arrhythmia?

Arrhythmia: To try and control arrhythmia we have an armamentarium of medications and electric shock and radio frequency ablation procedures. ...Read more

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