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Doctor insights on: Hep Lock

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Do they use hep lock in picc line?

Do they use hep lock in picc line?

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.

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For blood transfusion, is it okay through hep lock?

For blood transfusion, is it okay through hep lock?

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.

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Is there any law against a patient leaving the hospital emergency room with a hep lock or IV access still in his arm?

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.

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My hand is swollen and bruised after hep lock infiltration. Should they call the doc?

My hand is swollen and bruised after hep lock infiltration. Should they call the doc?

Swollen hand: If there is quite a bit of redness then I would check back with the doctor. If it is minimally red and swollen then just elevate above your heart and apply some warm compresses. It should resolve on its own.

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What to do about hep for my grandmother?

What to do about hep for my grandmother?

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

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How long is recovery for hep a?

How long is recovery for hep a?

Two weeks: Hep. A can make you very sick, but 99/ recover completely and become permanently immune to it. Recovery may take up to 2 to 3 weeks.

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What does immunity to hep b mean?

What does immunity to hep b mean?

Positive antibody: It means you can't be infected because you have protective antibodies, either from past infection or vaccination.

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What food should u eat with hep b?

What food should u eat with hep b?

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.

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If you had hep a can you catch it again?

If you had hep a can you catch it again?

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.

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I tested positive for hep b. What happens next?

I tested positive for hep b. What happens next?

Hep B: If you have chronic hep b, then your doctor will follow liver function tests, hep b viral dna load, hep b eag/ab. You may also need surveillance for liver cancer with regular liver sonogram and AFP (a tumor marker blood test).

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My hep b surf ab is <2.00 what does that mean?

My hep b surf ab is <2.00 what does that mean?

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 +.

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I'm positive for hep b surface ab, should I be worried?

I'm positive for hep b surface ab, should I be worried?

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.

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What are the most complicated diseases if you have hep. B?

What are the most complicated diseases if you have hep. B?

Liver cancer: The most serious one complication is liver cancer. The others are liver cirrhosis, liver failure, kidney problem, and hepatitis d infection.

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What causes hep c?

What causes hep c?

Blood contact: Hepatitis c is caused by hepatitis c virus, which is transmitted mostly through blood exposure (sharing needles and syringes). I can also be transmitted sexually, especially through fairly rough, unprotected, inadequately lubricated sex where there might be blood exposure.

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How can I work with hep c?

How can I work with hep c?

Are you asking...: ...if 1) your disease is curable? (yes, it is with excellent efficacy and tolerance given today's medication options) or 2) are you concerned about transmission to others? Or 3) are you asking if the disease qualifies for disability?

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What are symptoms of hep c?

What are symptoms of hep c?

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.

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What is the cause of hep c?

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.

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Can you get hep c from sex?

Can you get hep c from sex?

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.

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Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Is hep c sexuaily transmited?

Blood borne disease: Hepatitis c virus (hcv) infection is not considered a sexually transmitted disease. Rather, it is considered more of a blood borne infection that is highly transmittable- more so than hiv.

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