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What is an induced coma, and is it safe the recipient would be a20 year old male with head trauma

What is an induced coma, and is it safe the recipient would be a20 year old male with head trauma

Medication induced: An induced coma is where doctors administer medications to dull the senses and alleviate pain. This is safe and in fact commonly done for patients with head trauma. ...Read more

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Coma (Definition)

Coma = deep state of unconsciousness due ...Read more


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What would cause unequal pupils in a patient that has been in a medically induced coma for over a week?

What would cause unequal pupils in a patient that has been in a medically induced coma for over a week?

Depends: It is important to know if this had been true prior to the illness onset. If not present prior the possibility is high the pt has had some intracranial catastrophe such as brain bleed. The unequal pupils suggest a bleed or other intracranial event. Need to speak to the neurologist. If not under the care of neuro get a consult. ...Read more

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What would a post op check up consist of if the patient had surgery to repair 3 gsws and they were in a medically induced coma?

What would a post op check up consist of if the patient had surgery to repair 3 gsws and they were in a medically induced coma?

Many/nurse's list: It runs from how deep the coma is or the paralytic if being used, how well the ventilator and the patient are synchronized, all the vital signs, heart rate and rhythm, temp, bp, saturation, position in bed, urinating, bowel sounds, heart sounds, breath sounds. Ask the nurse and there will be a long list. ...Read more

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Why put a patient in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery?

Why put a patient in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery?

Why induce coma: 33F asks why put a pt in a medical induced coma after triple bypass surgery. Many reasons but first would be suspect brain injury due to low BP during surgery and want to protect brain. First ask the person's team why? And go to ScientificAmerican.com and look at What is a Medically induced Come and why is it use? B David Biello Jan 10, 2011. ...Read more

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Can a patient have surgery, such as amputation of a limb, while in an induced coma?

Can a patient have surgery, such as amputation of a limb, while in an induced coma?

CONSENT: Not without consent, unless it was determined that without the amputation, dying was a very real possibility. Necrotizing fasciitis is an example. If no one is available to speak with on your behalf, multiple doctors consult, including the hospital's risk management people, and do what's best. Doctors don't amputate limbs just for the heck of it. ...Read more

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How does a coma from head trauma and the head trauma itself damage the brain?

How does a coma from head trauma and the head trauma itself damage the brain?

Coma is a symptom: Head trauma is not brain trauma, both can co-exist. Coma is a symptom secondary to brain trauma, not to simple head trauma. Brain trauma sets up an incredibly complex train of chemical reactions, some of which begin immediately and others may begin years later. ...Read more

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Can a patient in coma hear?

Maybe: Depends on why they are in the coma as to whether or not their hearing nerve pathways might be working. Your doctors may or may not be able to tell you. Certainly, it can't hurt to talk to a friend or loved one in a coma. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What happens to a coma patient when somone pulls the plug?

They may die: If someone in coma is kept alive by artificial means and those means are taken away, someone would die. People in coma may still have brainstem functions left which would mean they could still breathe on their own. These people may not die if you "pull the plug". ...Read more

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Can you tell me any information on reflexology helping coma patients?

It depends on what: you mean by "helping". Most doctors do not know much about reflexology and I am one of those docs, so I cannot tell you. All I can tell you is that the prognosis of a coma depends on what put the patient into a coma in the first place. I would be tempted to say that it cannot hurt, but then again, I would not know. Check with a local reflexologist or somebody with experience in eastern med. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a coma patient to start remembering things?

How long does it take for a coma patient to start remembering  things?

No fixed answer: This question can only be answered on an individual basis. There are too many variables to answer here. The range is from one second (concussion) to never (permanent coma). ...Read more

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Would a patient be conscious if they scored a 9 on the Glasgow coma scale?

Would a patient be conscious if they scored a 9 on the Glasgow coma scale?

Yes: The Glasgow scale indicates the level of responsiveness of an individual who has experienced some form of brain trauma. At a score of 9, the individual is surely responsive ...Read more

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What happens to someone in a coma and how long do comas last? How long are patients kept on life support?

Life support: People can stay on life support for as long as desired. This usually depends on the family's wishes are in rare cases it may be spelled out in a living will. A coma can last any length of time. ...Read more

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How do patients feel in a coma?

Nothing: Sensory input does not get processed so pt does not feel anything. ...Read more

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What diseases can cause the patient to fall into a coma?

Vast number: Of diseases. This can be caused by any neurologic insult, infectious issues, metabolic issues, etc. Coma is a very vague medical term that people don't use often in medical terminology because it does not tell us much. I am sorry i cannot be more direct with an answer, but without more history, i cannot clarify it any further. Again, the list is immense that can cause someone to fall into a coma. ...Read more

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Why aren't terminal patients in pain put into a coma to die in peace?

They sometimes to be: It depends on the patient's goals of care. Some want to remain as alert as possible and are willing to suffer to remain alert. Others do not but can be managed with pain medications yet remain alert. Others however require higher doses and the only way relief is found is when they are sleeping, in which case "sedation for refractory symptoms" is used when nothing else has worked. ...Read more

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Can a patient be in coma for less than 6hrs (as 6hrs is minimum)? What's the diagnose that someone is in coma?

A coma is a: Prolonged state of unconsciousness, during which a person is unresponsive to his or her environment, is alive and appears to be sleeping, but, unlike being in a deep sleep, the person cannot be awakened by any stimulation, including pain. I do not think there is a minimum time frame but, according to www.Brainandspinalcord.Org, a coma can last for a few seconds, or can last for years. ...Read more