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Medically Induced Coma
As long as needed: The coma used in medical situations is due to risk of injury while fighting a ventilator, or supporting a dire condition. When the medical situation is stable, sedation is reversed. It is a preventive treatment to improve outcomes, but has risks in managing nutrition and loss of strength for the duration of bed rest. Ask questions of the doctors and nurses and maintain hope. ...Read more
Coma: I dont think that we know how long is safe. ...Read more
No you can't: By deep coma, i assume you mean a prolonged coma that is not reversible. If that is correct, then a medically induced coma cannot cause a deep coma because the medically induced coma would stop when the nurses stop the medications used to induce the coma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Trauma: Deep sedation (medically induced coma) can be used to treat continuous epileptic seizures, or severe traumatic brain injury. The brain injury could be due to spontaneous bleeding in the brain. The idea is to reduce the brain's need for oxygen or eliminate abnormal brain activity. ...Read more
How are people taken out of a medically induced coma? How long is the coma? and is family allowed to be in room when the coma is finished? Thank you.
As long as it needs: People put into medically induced comas are left in them as long as they need maximal brain rest. Depending on the reason, this may be hours or it can be weeks - in rare cases even longer. They are "taken out" by gradually reducing the medications used to induce the coma. This too can take hours, days or longer. They just don't stop them and the person "pops up" awake, so you really can't be there ...Read more
How does a medically induced coma help someone suffering phenomia? been told they wont likely survive, is there any hope?
I'm sorry but...: I am unable to answer your question based upon your age. You could have another family member or parent repose the question for you if you'd like or talk with the doctor taking care of the person you are obviously concerned about. Best of luck to you and your friend/loved one. ...Read more
Circulatory pump: Mechanical circulatory devices are used for temporary support of certain patients w/ severe heart problems; some machines which pump and oxygenate the blood may be used for treating severe lung diseases as well. Patients whose hearts and lungs are ok but who are deeply sedated may be supported with a mechanical ventilator to move air in & out of the lungs but would not generally need a heart pump. ...Read more
?????: Pharmacologically induced coma may be used to treat seizures, i.e. Uncontrolled seizures, i.e. Status epilepticus. The idea is that stopping all brain activity beyond what is metabolically essential to maintain neuronal viability will cause the culprit neurons to stop firing abnormally when the drug is stopped. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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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