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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Life Support (Overview)

Life Support is a broad type of healthcare intervention, encompassing measures used to promote the patient's life.


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What is the point in taking someone off life support if they are sick aren't they gonna die anyway?

What is the point in taking someone off life support if they are sick aren't they gonna die anyway?

Life support: I f you offer the life support when the hear is still beating the machine breaths for the individual, if the heart is strong enough life is prolonged in a vegetative state as long as the support is provided by the machine. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
36 doctors shared insights

Life Support (Overview)

Life Support is a broad type of healthcare intervention, encompassing measures used to promote the patient's life.


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When is someone put on life support?

Support itself: This occurs when the body either as a whole or in large part cannot support itself, either from old age, catastrophic motor vehicle accident, drug dependence, or life threatening disease, among other things. ...Read more

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Do people recover from being on life support?

People do not seem : Comfortable with your question. Often people do not make it despite the valiant efforts of physicians to save their lives. If someone you know is on life support, speak the doctors to find out the prognosis. Doctors are human and have a tough time accepting when they can't save someone. Sometimes palliative care is all they can do, to keep the person comfortable with loved ones at their side. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a person is on life support?

What does it mean if a person is on life support?

Life Support: Life support is the utilization of external source (s) to function for a vital organ or organs so that one may continue to live. ...Read more

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Is it possible for someone to die while on life support?

Is it possible for someone to die while on life support?

Yes: Life support is exaclty that - support. While miraculous, our medical ability to support this wonderous state of being we call "life" is still limited. Eventually even with "full life support" the organs of the body will age and/or break down beyond our ability to support their function and the person will die. How long this will take depends on each person's unique situation. ...Read more

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Do you have any tips on how to pass advance life support test?

ACLS test: There are apps available for phone, ipad etc that are very helpful. ...Read more

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Do you know are organ doners kept on life support after they die?

Sometimes.: After braindeath criterea someone will be on life support until they are removed in the or and once cardiac function stops the organs are harvested. The maintain on life support is not prolonged at all. If cardiac death and not in the or then only certain organs are able to be harvested. Mostly depends on type of organ being harvested. ...Read more

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How much time does life support last before the person is taken off it?

That is a tough: decision which doctors and families decide together based on the chances of the person surviving and returning to a healthy life. It varies from situation to situation, family to family. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a person survive after being on life support for months?

I' not sure why no: I'm not sure why no one has answered you, but i think they lack enough information and don't want to mislead or discourage you. Sometimes people do survive even after months on life support, but many do not. Speak with the physician's working with your loved one to find out the likelihood of recovery. It is very hard to see someone you love on life support. ...Read more

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Are there any support sites for families of hard up pensioners on life support?

Try the following: http://www.ncoa.org/ and https://www.Thefamilycaregiver.Org/caregiving_resources/agencies_and_organizations.Cfm. This may get you started in the right direction. ...Read more

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Aunt had to take husband off life support in '09. Thinks he went to hell bc didn't go to church. Complicated grief. How can I help?

See chaplain...: Sounds like she might need to talk to her spiritual leader. I am certainly not religious, but I am unaware of any religion banishing one to hell for not attending church. ...Read more

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What is meant by basic life support?

What is meant by basic life support?

Emergency care: Basic life support (bls) is emergency care for people with life-threatening conditions before they get to the hospital. It usually covers a number of conditions, such as cardiac arrest, choking and drowning. Examples are cpr, and use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Hospital workers, lifeguards, and first-responders are usually required to be bls certified. ...Read more

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What machines are used for medical life support systems?

Heart & Lung Devices: Medical life support system are used to support basic critical life functions to maintain the heart/cardiovascular as well as pulmonary (lung) system. The most common are respirators and cardiac assist devices but other organs for example, the kidneys ,must be supported as well so dialysis/medications and other devices as often part of the treatment plan as well. ...Read more

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Can a 1 year old survive after being put on life support?

Yes: Life support is just that - to continue to provide oxygen and circulation while treatment to help the problem is given a chance to work. Best of luck to you and your loved one. ...Read more

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What dose it mean if my so was over breeding his life support?

Is getting better: You probably meant overbreathing. That means that he is able to breath on his own and is getting better. ...Read more

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Where can I get current pratices for basic life support guidelines?

Red Cross: Contact your local red cross, they will have the most recent protocols at no or a nominal charge. ...Read more

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Help please, what happens to the human body when kept on life support?

Help please, what happens to the human body when kept on life support?

I have seen: this question in the feed 4 some time & thought a physician would answer. I guess they have not because people, doctors included, are uncomfortable thinking about situations that require life support. It is used when the person!s body could not survive without the medical intervention when Drs feel there is a chance 4 survival. There R various types of life support, so it is different in each case ...Read more

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Supposing you're in the icu on life support. How do you let out waste?

Depends: Sometimes there are catheters in the bladder or tubes in the rectum to collect waste. Other times, the patient excretes into a bed pan. Or, waste is excreted, and cleaned up by hand. ...Read more