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How Is Rotating Patients Effective Against Bedsores
Cause Pressure Sore: Pressure causes a bed sore. One unknown is how long does it take a pressure ulcer to develop. There are many risk factors including diabetes mellitus, low blood pressure, moisture from incontinence or perspiration, fungal infection, use of medical devices, etc. We simply do not know for an individual patient whether rotating them every five minutes or every two hours will prevent pressure injury. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
A bed sore is an injury to the skin, and tissues beneath the skin, caused by pressure. They can range from a stage one pressure sore (tender, red and does not blanch) to stage four (an open wound extending down to the bone). Early stage pressure sores can respond to off-loading, while deep ulcers require debridement, dressing ...Read more
Diabetic wound basic: Diabetes causes nerve injury.This means loss of sensation below the ankles.Foot deformity may occur. Poor sensation means injuries and problems advance before they are found and get worse quickly.Treatments include sugar control, keep the ulcer surface healthy and clean with debridements, moist wound dressings and absolutely keeping the ulcer away from any pressure. No antibiotics unless infected. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there an effective treatment for a patient having getting diagnosed with cancer at the age of 97?
What type of cancer?: Regardless of age, cancer treatment varies quite a bit depending on the type & stage of the cancer. Obviously, the treatment needs to be individualized based on risks vs. Benefits & one's ability to tolerate the stress of rx. Therefore, only the most minor interventions would be appropriate for most 97 yr olds. ...Read more
Is treatment for allergic rhinitis going to be effective if the patient is stil exposed to the allergen?
Yes but: If you are talking about medications, they will remain effective but the symptom control will likely be reduced if you are exposed to a highly allergenic allergen. Thus it is not an issue as to whether the drug is effective, but whether the allergen exposure is overwhelming. Allergy shots however often allow people who are allergic to pets to be able to live with the pets they cannot part with. ...Read more
Very low: It is very rare for someone to have normal open angle glaucoma that does not respond to any treatment. We have many options available to us now to treat glaucoma including drops, laser, minimally invasive surgery and more advanced surgery. It is uncommon for someone not to have a response to at least one of these treatments. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
None: There are no medications for bedsores. Wound care and avoiding pressure to the area are the best options. Wound care may include removal of dead tissue and the use of a vac dressing to promote healing. On occasion large sore may require a surgical flap to get the wound to heal. Adequate nutrition is essential to get wound healing. The best treatment is really prevention. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stage for Stage in : Disease confined to prostate, "cure" is similar; side effects very different: surgery v. Radiotherapy. Subtypes of each and claims of superiority more likely due to cherry picking. Get honest facts for sexual function, continence, bladder and rectal injury. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: As a patient, you have the right to refuse any treatment as long as you are fully aware of the consequences, oriented, and alert. If you have an active psychiatric disorder like psychosis or conditions like dementia or delirium, an evaluation needs to be done to determine your ability to make decisions. The court may even get involved depending on the situation. ...Read more
Wilson's Disease: The problem is a build up of copper in the body, especially in the liver. Your doctor will prescribe a chelating agent that binds and gets rid of the copper, such as trientine. Once the levels are down, you will likely be given another medication to keep the copper levels low, such as zinc acetate. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What if patient is "abnormal" in tests but completely normal in life and then treatment inadvertently makes patient "normal" but patient feels worse?
Depends on details: An aneurysm is a blood vessel (artery) that has a widened (dilated) portion. They can be in many places, such as in the brain, in the heart arteries, in the aorta, in arm or leg arteries, etc... Treatments will depend on where the aneurysm is, how big it is, how likely it is to grow or burst, how healthy the patient is, how easy or how hard it is to get to the aneurysm, etc... Details matter! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Clean & Squeeze: Dialysis is both about cleaning (dialysis) the blood of toxins and squeezing (ultra-filtering) excess fluid out. Both functions are done constantly in patients with normal function. If too much fluid is removed. Patients can feel dizzy at the end of treatment. During the treatment, the blood pressure will drop, alerting the staff to decrease fluid removal. ...Read more
Surgery: Men with prior vasectomy can undergo surgery to remove the blocked segment and reconnect both ends together. Also the testes duct (the vas) can be connected to the tiny tube that directly comes from the testis (the epidedymis). Some men with obstructive azospermia may carry the risk for transmitting a genetic disease (the cause for obstruction) to their children. Surgery may not work for everyone. ...Read more
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