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Morristown Memorial Hospital Patient Information
Yes: There is always a patient relations department or person at a hospital. Ask the charge nurse or admitting department about who it is and how to get in touch with them. ...Read more
What would keep a pulse ox low on a hospital patient with emphysema who is on all the necessary meds.?
Exacerbation: Even when a patient is on "all the right medications"; the underlying lung disease can cause inflammation and lower the pulse oximetry readings (known as a COPD exacerbation). Most of the time the exacerbation will resolve over the course of 5-7 days but sometimes more powerful medications given intravenously (like steroids & antibiotics) are necessary. ...Read more
Generally speaking, if the use of haloperidol for delirium in a quite unwell, elderly hospital patient fails to be efficacious then how long should it take to report the matter to a Dr? Why
Immediate: Never hesitate to report your concerns to the physician. Delirium can be difficult to treat, and response to treatment often is delayed as we get older and more frail. Any modifiable precipitants (i.e. hypoxia, bacteremia, etc), needs to be addressed of course as well. There are alternative treatments beyond haloperidol. Experts in psychosomatic medicine are ideally suited to help. ...Read more
If a hospital patient is so depressed as to have suicidal ideation but is not well enough for antidepressants then what is the standard procedure?
Psychiatrist: Make sure that your treating doctor is aware of the seriousness of the depression so that they can offer some assistance. A consultation with a psychiatrist would be helpful. There may be options for medications despite the issues you mention in "conditions". Counseling may also be of value. ...Read more
Warafin clopidogrel aspirin given Hospital patient 89yrs has COPD stroke and heart attack will need limit Vegetables high chance of bleed?
Yes : We have to weigh the risk and benefit. It seems like the risk of recurrrnt stroke is high here . Suggest to stop Aspirin . This definitely needs a consultant for decision making ...Read more
What book is good to use in assessing medical criteria for admitting a patient in the hospital as an inpatient?
Milliman guidelines: Many use the milliman criteria.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a research and i need information about what can i do if a violence patient come to me in the hospital . can u help me by books or web sites?
Hospital security!: Hi. Get hospital security and the police involved immediately if a patient becomes violent or threatens you with violence! Be escorted to and from your car. Please take all precautions. I would not count on books or websites. You sound like you need protection. Violent people can make life miserable for good people. Be safe. ...Read more
Lots of things: You're giving a very general sort of description of something that has many causes. So the short answer: Infections, sheer cold temperature, anemia/ low blood volume, seizure disorder, Parkinson's, Essential Tremor, electrolyte disturbances, low functioning adrenal glands, medication side effect, severe anxiety, anticipation of the next tray of hospital food that hits the room in 10 minutes.... ...Read more
Day(s): When performed laparoscopically, many people can go home in 1-2 days; if the appendix was ruptured, the hospital stay is often 3-4 days. When performed via the open technique, this length of stay is almost-doubled. ...Read more
Family practice : They will not refuse to treat you. But if able to be treated as an outpatient they may do what is necessary and then refer you to a county clinic for follow up care. You will be admitted if needed. You will be responsible for any charges but many times you will be able to negotiate with the hospital on the bill. ...Read more
The patient : Is not abandoned. Many patients can have their surgeries shortened or interrupted. They are covered with sterile dressings, transferred to gurney and removed from the hospital as quickly as possible with oxygen, IV fluids, drugs in tow. We practice emergency evacuation from the OR couple times a year, along with fire drills. No one is left behind. ...Read more
Biocontainment Hosp: There are 4 biocontainment hospitals in the US : Emory Univ Hospital (Atlanta, GA), National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD), Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha, Nebraska) & ST Patrick Hospital (Missoula, Montana). They each have very limited bed capacity. ...Read more
If the patient refuses to be touched or go to the hospital, what can emt/paramedics/firefighters do?
Depends: The answer to this question truly depends on the patients condition and mental status. If this is a patient that is a danger to him or herself you will need to refer to the laws that govern your particular location and possibly get the local police involved. If patient is mental stable and not a harm, they cannot be forced against their will. ...Read more
What happens if the hospital puts type a blood in a patient that has type b blood are different bloods compatible?
There are 4 basic blood types: a, b, ab, or o. Additionally, each blood type is either rh-positive or rh-negative. If you need a blood transfusion, there needs to be a match between your blood type and the transfusion blood type. People with type o blood are called universal donors because most people can receive type o blood. People with type ab blood are called universal recipients because usually they can receive a transfusion of the other blood types.
A person with type a blood can donate blood to a person with type a or type ab blood and can receive blood from a person with type a or type o blood. A person with type b blood can donate blood to a person with type b or type ab and can receive blood from a person with type b or type o. A person with type ab blood can donate blood to a person with type ab and can receive blood from any of the blood types. A person with type o blood can donate to anyone and can receive blood from a person who has type o blood.
If the blood types are not matched than antibodies in your body will attack the blood that has been transfused into you and you can become quite ill. If a person with blood type b receives a transfusion of type a blood, the blood cells may clump together and cause a serious reaction. If incompatible blood types are mixed it can cause a fatal reaction. ...Read more
I was at a hospital last night and a patient got frustrated and ran out but security brought him back. Can a hospital force you to stay?
It depends: Patient with certain 'psychiatric illness'deemed to be a danger to self and others can be forced to stay. ...Read more
Where should a patient go for a problem of 1.5 yr duration that local univeristy hospital cannot solve but agrees there's something wrong?
Ask for referral :
Ask for referral to speciality university that may deal with your medical issues.
You may need to go out of state. ...Read more
PATIENTS NEEDS AT: That point in time will be better cared for and or met in a different unit. ...Read more
Prevent ulcers/clots: To prevent skin breakdown or decubiti or pressure ulcers, also to prevent clots in the legs. Immobilization kills! ...Read more
Hospitals: Patients can sign themselves out against medical advice if they are not minors, are not danger to themselves or others and are able to care for themselves. ...Read more
Medical records: Call for a release of information form, fill it out, fax it back. ...Read more
Usually: However if you are deemed to lack capacity to do so, that is a different matter. If you are deemed to be at imminent harm to self or others, different states have procedures/ laws to address that. ...Read more
Will a hospital release a patient to get home by themselves if their not able to care for themselves?
No: A primary criteria for hospital discharge is safety. If a person does not have a safe place and the ability or resources to provide basic life needs, the safety criteria is not met. Hospitals are closely monitored to assure they are meeting established standards of treatment and safety. Most hospitals have case managers to assure patients are discharged to a safe environment. ...Read more
Once admitted to a hospital can a patient request to stay longer if he or she isnt feeling well during care?
Maybe.: Hospital is designed to care for people who cannot be taken care of in any other venue, e.g. home health, nursing home, rehab facility, family support. It is the last resort of the sick, both expensive and dangerous. You can negotiate with your doc, but criteria for admit and discharge are fairly strict and objective. Being well enough to discharge is required, but feeling well enough is not. ...Read more
Depends: ...On the cancer, the treatment, and the general condition of the patient. As a rule, we would like for a patient to spend as much time as possible at home and to be as functional as possible. Unfortunately, that is not always possible, especially with intense chemo programs like the ones used for leukemia. ...Read more
CVA: Not a sight you want to see every day. ...Read more