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Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?

Elderly mother survived pneumonia, "c diff", 2 consecutive uti's, and fecal impaction, resulting delirium. Can she come back to herself?

Came back to life: You don't say how old your mother is, or how many other medical problems she may have. With mother's day looming please enjoy her present "back to this life" status. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

How likely is it that an elderly person will survive pneumonia with sepsis?

Depends: This depends on many factors - what bug, how strong is the person's immune system, how quicky treatment was started, how many organs are involved, etc. Sometimes even severe cases of sepsis can be treated successfully with complete recovery. Other times we are not as lucky. ...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

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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If an elderly, co-morbid pt has pneumonia then is it the standard practise to use physical chest therapy or is generally not worthwhile in such cases?

If an elderly,  co-morbid pt has pneumonia then is it the standard practise to use physical chest therapy or is generally not worthwhile in such cases?

Chest PT: There is little evidence to support the effectiveness of chest physiotherapy for adults with pneumonia. Although in theory the Physical therapy should keep the airway open, I don't see any harm in doing so if the patient can cooperate. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a pneumonia in elderly?

What are the chances of a pneumonia in elderly?

Good: The chances of getting lung infections increases with age and underlying diseases, but is far more common in those over the age of 60. Pneumococcal pneumonia used to be called the "old man's friend" because it would produce death in elderly individuals with chronic diseases that were debilitating. ...Read more

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Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Is viral pneumonia more dangerous for the elderly children?

Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read more

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Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

Besides pneumonia what contagious diseases affect the elderly?

All of them: Elderly get all the same diseases as the young ones.. Sometimes immunity wanes and vaccines get forgotten so they are prone to many of the same illnesses as unvaccinated children. Most contagious disease though is mild and viral ( not amounting to a pneumonia) and there is no vaccine for that. ...Read more

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What is the general regimen prescribed for nosocomial pneumonia in elderly?

What is the general regimen prescribed for nosocomial pneumonia in elderly?

Sputum culture: Nosocomial pneumonia most commonly are Gram negative bacteria, MRSA, fungal organisms such as Candida. Sputum cultures and sensitivities determine which antibiotics are most appropriate . But because the culture takes about 48-72 hrs , initial regimens include a second or third generation Cephalosporin plus a Quinolone. Institutions where there is prevalence of MRSA , Vancomycin is chosen. ...Read more

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