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Doctor insights on: How Do You Know When To Pull The Plug On A Loved One

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How do you know when to pull the plug on a loved one?

When it's time.: Sit down with your doctor and your family and discuss what your loved one would have wanted. Think about quality versus quantity of life. ...Read more

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Conflicted with a decision? Who can tell when to pull the plug?

Conflicted with a decision? Who can tell when to pull the plug?

You don't: If you refer to a fistula plug you don't it is a biodisintegrated product. ...Read more

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What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

What happens if a patient is in a state of comatose (unresponsive) can their family tell the doctors to pull the plug and let them die?

Yes and No: There are laws and protocols that must be followed. Depending on the reason for coma, the prognosis may be poor, and likely, this is your concern? I'm sorry if you are in this situation. It is not inappropriate to withdrawal care and place the patient on comfort measure, but again, their are laws and protocols that dictate who makes that decision. ...Read more

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Is someone who was brain dead had a letter saying they didn't want to be kept alive by machines would the doctor have to pull the plug?

Is someone who was brain dead had a letter saying they didn't want to be kept alive by machines would the doctor have to pull the plug?

It should not matter: A person who is brain dead is actually dead. That means he already has passed away, and the "time of death" on his death certificate should show the time that the person became brain dead. The person is not alive just because machines are there. No such letter should be needed, but it may help to have one if a person lives in where politicians or courts have tried to keep dead people on machines. ...Read more

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What is the mechanism by which mucus plugs cause a tracheal pull?

What is the mechanism by which mucus plugs cause a tracheal pull?

It acts as a cork: The mucus plug simply acts as a cork and stops up the windpipe not allowing for the air to flow easily back forth thru the trachea. ...Read more

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How long after the "plug" is pulled does a person usually die. He is 64 body has shut down?

How long after the "plug" is pulled does a person usually die. He is 64  body has shut down?

Depends: This really depends on a bunch of different factors. If the person has little or no respiratory drive, they could pass quickly. If they have even a weak respiratory drive they could have agonal breathing for hours. ...Read more

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I've had one nostril plugged for 4 years. What to do?

I've had one nostril plugged for 4 years. What to do?

See an ENT: This sounds peculiar. You should see an ENT to check it out. You may benefit from nasal surgery. ...Read more

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My brother is having his"plug" pulled today. His kidneys have shut down how long before he passes?

My brother is having his"plug" pulled today. His kidneys have shut down how long before he passes?

Time of demise: If your brother has kidney failure he may survive up to a week without dialysis. He may pass due to high potassium levels or fluid overload. It is difficult for an outsider to answer your question in a meaningful manner. You should speak to his physicians, as they have more insight of his prognosis than anyone else. ...Read more

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Didn't know i was pregnant, was smelling plug in air fresheners to find one i liked. Could this hurt the baby?

Didn't know i was pregnant, was smelling plug in air fresheners to find one i liked. Could this hurt the baby?

Hopefully not but...: I wish i could tell you not to worry, but unfortunately air "fresheners" tend to spew very toxic chemicals like pthalates into the air. They in no way freshen the air & are very unsafe, unregulated and should be banned. Babies are most vulnerable to toxins in early pregnancy. But there is a very good chance that a single dose will not prove harmful so your baby will probably be fine. See comment:. ...Read more

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Hearing difficulties in one ear from grinding on that side. Feels plugged all the time?

Hearing difficulties in one ear from grinding on that side. Feels plugged all the time?

Check up: You may have to see an ENT doctor for a good examination of ears. You may have a simple problem as wax or a middle ear problem otosclerosis, or serous otitis media or may have even sensorineural deafness-- gutti rao md-internal medicine, ms. ...Read more