Doctor insights on:
Yes: Typically in piccs without a valve. Ones without a valve can become filled with blood that clots. Heparin helps prevent the clot. Piccs with a valve does not allow blood to enter and can be flushed with saline. Piccs with valves that are not working well can be locked with Heparin to help their function.See 1 more doctor answer
Most likely yes.: A hep-lock is a connection filled with Heparin to prevent clotting in the IV line between uses. If this has a part that can be opened, or a rubber end, then the blood unit can be hooked up and connected, or a needle can go through the rubber end. Otherwise, it can simply be removed and then the blood unit can be connected. Either way it can be done, and the little Heparin should not interfere.
No: Go back and get it out.Get a more detailed answer ›
Is there any law against a patient leaving the hospital emergency room with a hep lock or IV access still in his arm?
No: However, most hospitals will require you to sign a form that states that you understand that by leaving against medical advice, you might be at risk for serious complications.
Hep?: Do you mean hepatitis? Best to bring your grandma to see her family doc & gastroenterologist. Tests will be needed to determine cause of hepatitis eg medical vs infection. If latter, we need to figure out if it's B or C or otherwise. Then we can discuss treatment options. Be sure to bring all her medications from all her doctors to this visit along w/all her over-the-counter dietary supplemen
Not the key: Comply with treatment and eat sensibly. Food choices are not the key to managing this or most other disease. Ignore silly stuff on the Internet and trust evidence-based medicine. Hepatitis B is serious business. Best wishes.
You have an army now: Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that attacks the liver. You get it from contaminated food or water. Once you get it, the body makes antibodies (our fighting army) to fight another exposure of the virus. Just as when we immunize a patient with the vaccine, exposure to the virus initially gives us an immunity to Hep A. Most recover without problems.
Depends: Were you immunized against hbv? If you were, your antibody has waned but you are likely still immune. If not, you are susceptible to HBV unless...You are a chronic carrier of hbv...If that is it, your hbsag and anti-hbc will both be +.
Not necessarily: Your body makes hep b surface antibody in response to the hepatitis b vaccine. It can also make it to the hepatitis b virus. If you've been vaccinated, it's more likely to be due to the first reason. If you're still concerned though, a test for hep b surface antigen and a liver function panel should clear things up. Most likely, they were checking your immunity status.
Get tested: The symptoms of hepatitis c are very nonspecific to none initially to a yellowing of the skin (jaundice) and eyes, confusion, fluid in the abdomen (ascites) as it advances over decades. The real way to tell if you have hepatitis c is to get tested at the doctor's office.See 1 more doctor answer
Hepatitis C virus: The different viruses causing hepatitis are named using the letters of the alphabet. The hep c virus is almost entirely transmitted by needles, either through shared needles in drug use, or contaminated blood or blood products given by needle or multiple uses of needles in some countries.
Possibly: The cdc estimates that about 20% of new cases of hepatitis c are from sex. However, the risk for any one person is low. Men who have anal sex with other men are at higher risk. People who are young, have multiple partners, or have sores like herpes or syphilis are also at risk. Heterosexual couples who have been together a while are at low risk.