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

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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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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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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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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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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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Do people recover from being on life support?

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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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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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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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