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In a hospital telemetry unit (for cardiac patients), who staffs it (i.E., what kinds of doctors and nurses)? If you get transferred to telemetry from another floor, does your doctor go with you?

In a hospital telemetry unit (for cardiac patients), who staffs it (i.E., what kinds of doctors and nurses)? If you get transferred to telemetry from another floor, does your doctor go with you?

Varies by location: A telemetry unit most frequently would have patients taken care of by cardiologists, internists, or family medicine doctors. The nurses on a cardiac unit should be acls (advanced cardiac life support) certified. If you physically move floors in a hospital, your doctor should remain the same. An exception may be a transfer to an intentive care unit- may have different doctors while you are there. ...Read more

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What are the first questions to ask hospital docs after 80 yo has occipital stroke with vision impairment and couldn't tell emt what year it was?

What are the first questions to ask hospital docs after 80 yo has occipital stroke with vision impairment and couldn't tell emt what year it was?

Talk to doctor: Ask about the extent of the stroke, recommended treatment plan, possibility of rehab, preventative measures to reduce the risk of a future stroke. Good luck. ...Read more

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Going to the hospital ER for blepharitis. Is that ok? Cant get in to eye doctor.

Going to the hospital ER for blepharitis. Is that ok? Cant get in to eye doctor.

Any skin problems?: How do you know this is blepharitis? Do you have skin problems like psoriasis, pemphagus, seborrhea, eczema, ..? The ocusoft suggestion is okay- be sure to wipe the liquid off. The eyedoc may suggest ocusoftplus which you apply at bedtime and do not wipe off. Some of these skin problems may require steroid creams. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors or clinic should I go to for treatment for hyperhidrosis in the twin cities area ?

What kind of doctors or clinic should I go to for treatment for hyperhidrosis in the twin cities area ?

Thoracic surgeon: Surgery, in appropriate candidates, can be quite successful. While done often by experienced thoracic surgeons (vats), it is chest surgery (major surgery). There are risks and benefits. Appropriate candidates should be selected. This link to consensus: http://goo.Gl/voqx5. ...Read more

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Can my mom eat while we're in the emergency room for stroke evaluation?

Can my mom eat while we're in the emergency room for stroke evaluation?

Bad idea: Some therapeutic tests or treatments may cause stomach upset or vomiting. If surgery could be an option, such as an acute large vessel block or subdural or epidural bleeding, food could be vomited and aspirated, causing significant breathing problems. The ed is not the best place to ingest food. The local nurses can help guide these items. ...Read more

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My doctor charged $45 for a 5-min preventive health phone call. For 50 more I could have had a Fitbit and used healthtap. Why is the healthcare system so lopsided?

My doctor charged $45 for a 5-min preventive health phone call. For 50 more I could have had a Fitbit and used healthtap. Why is the healthcare system so lopsided?

Lopsided-understated: Health care today is lopsided capitalism at it's worst. The financial meltdown of 2008 is going to look like a bad walk in the park compared to the devastation to both financial and human capital that our bipolar society is heading for. Unless there is entire new course (the current system is irreparable). I call it 'the changing of the gods'. Not sure when i'll get to write that book either. ...Read more

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What are some reasons for a heartrate that zooms to over 225 bpm? I went to the hospital but they didn't keep me, nor run tests, as I am uninsured.

What are some reasons for a heartrate that zooms to over 225 bpm? I went to the hospital but they didn't keep me, nor run tests, as I am uninsured.

Rhythm problem: That is an unusually rapid heart beat. If they did an ekg when it was that fast, it would likely reveal the type of fast beating which you have. There is probably some problem with the "electrical wiring" of you heart.(well it's not really wires). The diagnosis and treatment depends on that ekg. Insurance or not, they should have checked it out if you went to an emergency room. ...Read more

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Driving in the uk on honeymoon. Wheere do I go for care if needed for diabetes type 1?

Driving in the uk on honeymoon. Wheere do I go for care if needed for diabetes type 1?

Backup plan: First of all congratulations ! as any Insulin dependent diabetic in travel, you will need to have ample supply of Insulin (long and short acting) as well as enough testing supply and a non expired glucagon kit for emergency situation. Your significant other must have basic knowledge on how to administer Insulin and glucagon. Your best option in case of an emergency is the local er. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Can I use 0.9% sodium chloride irrigation for an enema? I have a reusable enema bottle, I can't go to the nursing station here all they do is send me home, they are no help, they send me home, I live way up in the north(Canada) we have lack of health care

Can I use 0.9% sodium chloride irrigation for an enema? I have a reusable enema bottle, I can't go to the nursing station here all they do is send me home, they are no help, they send me home, I live way up in the north(Canada) we have lack of health care

This should be ok.: Increase your daily fiber intake (raisin bran) to help your constipation so as not to need enemas. Good luck, way up there in north Canada. You don't know how bad I want to come see the Northern Lights. It's on my bucket list. ...Read more

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Why do so few pcps diagnose the often permanenteffects of icu delirium after an icu stay? For three years, i described icu delirium symptoms to doctors but no one diagnosed it.

Why do so few pcps diagnose the often permanenteffects of icu delirium after an icu stay? For three years, i described icu delirium symptoms to doctors but no one diagnosed it.

Overlooked Diagnosis: Delirium and its symptoms are easily misinterpreted. It doesn't help that the most likely person to develop delirium is someone with dementia. And if the dementia is early it may not have been diagnosed until delirium occurs. At least one study suggests one needs to diagnose and treat delirium to resolution within the first 2 weeks to have the best chance of restoring function. ...Read more

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Not brain dead.Tests all ok, in coma for 2 weeks on sedation.Life support, not responding to commands.How likley to wake up ok.Any tests should ask for ?

Not brain dead.Tests all ok, in coma for 2 weeks on sedation.Life support, not responding to commands.How likley to wake up ok.Any tests should ask for ?

Defer to Doctor: I am very sorry for your situation, but you are asking us to guess. Not one of us here would even pretend to guess about this complex and serious medical situation. We would defer to the team caring for your loved one there in person. ...Read more

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What might I do to get paid for taking care of a dementia patient in a wheelchair in her home?

Varies by state: Most states have state subsidized programs. You would need to check with your local councel on aging? Medicare does not pay for these services for a chronic, custodial care patient. ...Read more

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They sent me to a rehab center for pt for pelvic fracture. Why can't I go home?

They sent me to a rehab center for pt for pelvic fracture. Why can't I go home?

Can you walk?: There is usually no attempt to pin or surgically manage pelvic fractures. If you are able to walk, manage at home, do your shopping and self care without too much pain, then probably you do not require in patient rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Shoulder replcement specialist who is the best at this and i go to va hospital in an arbor I am 74 and have tried pt and steroids ?

Shoulder replcement specialist who is the best at this and i go to va hospital in an arbor I am 74 and have tried pt and steroids ?

Shoulder surgery: I am sorry, i didn't quite get your question. If you want surgery and the expert is there then what seems to be the problem! if you want to know , can you have surgery at age 74 after pt& steroids? The answer will be with your doctor who knows you well and has to do pre-op risk assessment for general anesthesia. May be you want to rephrase the question. Thanks. ...Read more

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