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My daughter is a volunteer at the hospital. What are her risks in er?

My daughter is a volunteer at the hospital. What are her risks in er?

Germs, needle sticks: The er can be exciting to work, but common sense rules apply. There are a ton of germs, so she should wash hands/alcohol gel a lot. Avoid touching her eyes, nose and mouth. Watch out for needles, don't "be helpful" and try to pick up scalpes or needles. Leave that to doctor and nurses. Never be alone with a cranky patient, and she should always make sure she's the closest one to the door! ...Read more

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My daughter has a large VSD and she is in Yemen and I will like to bring her to the U.S. , I live in N.C where would be a good hospital in N.C?

My daughter has a large VSD and she is in Yemen and I will like to bring her to the U.S. , I live in N.C where would be a good hospital in N.C?

Children's Hospital: North Carolina is a big state and there are many quality children's hospitals. Duke Children's Hospital in Durham is a great one; however, start with researching the children's hospital in the city closest to you... Charlotte also has a couple of children's hospitals as does Chapel Hill. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom is in the hospital because of the voices in her head?

What do you suggest if my mom is in the hospital because of the voices in her head?

Appropriate: Common cause for admission. Among causes and not in a specific order: infections, drug side effects and/or worsening of previous neurodegenerative conditions. Changes in mental status are always of concern in elderly and they usually require hospitalization. ...Read more

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My brother in law is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. They put a tube in his chest and he is going for his second surgery tomorrow. ?

My brother in law is in the hospital with a collapsed lung. They put a tube in his chest and he is going for his second surgery tomorrow. ?

Recurrent problem: The collapsed lung is called a spontaneous pneumothorax if it happens without prior trauma. If he has anatomical blebs in his lung or his doctors feel he is at high risk for recurrence they may do a bleb resection and/or a pleurodesis which is deliberate scarring to force the lung to adhere to the chest wall so it can't collapse again as is prone to happen in some people. ...Read more

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My 7 year old daughter has a behavior problem. She is driving me bananas. She behaves well in school and with friends all day and is a general pain in the butt most of the time at home. She does not listen and has outbursts of screaming at the top of her

My 7 year old daughter has a behavior problem. She is driving me bananas. She behaves well in school and with friends all day and is a general pain in the butt most of the time at home. She does not listen and has outbursts of screaming at the top of her

Behavior issues@home: If she behaves well outside the home, she is testing u and ur patience at home. U need to set limits and have behavior modification for her rewarding her for good behavior and taking away some of her favorite activity, etc for bad behavior. Is she the only child or is she competing with other siblings for ur attetnion? Talk 2 ur pediatirican 4 help& guidance. ...Read more

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My 9 year old daughter has a spot of blood in her stool when she wiped, 2x today, I was going to go to the childre hospital. Is this hospital worthy?

My 9 year old daughter has a spot of blood in her stool when she wiped, 2x today,  I was going to go to the childre hospital.  Is this hospital worthy?

No: most small amounts of blood on TP are due to small cracks in the rectal region caused by large or firm stools try to give her more fluid and fiber and see your doctor if the blood continues ...Read more

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Is this proper procedure? My sister was admitted into the ER for an overdose.While there the nurse decided to cath her, she was not violent in any way but the nurse had two male security guards and 4 females hold her down, even after she expressed the fac

Is this proper procedure? My sister was admitted into the ER for an overdose.While there the nurse decided to cath her, she was not violent in any way but the nurse had two male security guards and 4 females hold her down, even after she expressed the fac

This : This sounds like an upsetting experience. Usually a person is held down (restrained) if there is concern that they may be a harm to self or others. It would be unusual to have six individuals hold a person down if there wasn't some concern about safety. Sometimes, if a person has overdosed, they might not be able to cooperate with evaluation and testing. Sometimes even if a person is not overtly violent, the staff may take precautionary measures if the persons behavior suggests that they are agitated or have potential to become aggressive. Since i was not present, i can't defend or condemn what happened. The only reason i could see keeping two male security guards in the room against your sister's wishes was if it was deemed necessary to keep everyone involved safe (including medical staff). Bruising can occur if a person is combative or if vigourosly restrained. The general rule with psychiatry, is that we try to use the minimal degree of force necessary to safely handle a situation. I am sorry that I am not able to provide you with a more definitive response. ...Read more

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Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

Is it safe for my 2 1/2 month old daughter to sleep on her stomach if there is nothing in the crib in front of her face?

No: Prone sleeping was the norm starting around the 1920's based on untested theories on safety.By the 1990's data had surfaced that pointed to it as a consistent factor in crib death (SIDS).Since the BACK TO SLEEP campaign in the 90's we have seen a 40% drop in SIDS cases.If you prone sleep your baby you are placing her at that risk. ...Read more

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My brother is 28yo and at the ymca he changes in the kids locker room cause he hates the adult ones is that ok at all?

My brother is 28yo and at the ymca he changes in the kids locker room cause he hates the adult ones is that ok at all?

Probably not ok: At 28, he is a grown man. So, if there is a problem with the adult locker room, he should be able to convince the ymca management to fix it (because the management wouldn't want problems). Otherwise, anatomical adult males should change in the men's locker room, and anatomical adult females should go to the women's locker room. Young kids needing supervision can go with the adult supervising them. ...Read more

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What are the health risks of my son smoking weed around my grandaughter...Both him and his partner..Daily....Also her family when they are at her hous?

What are the health risks of my son smoking weed around my grandaughter...Both him and his partner..Daily....Also her family when they are at her hous?

BAD no way around it: It depends on the age of your granddaughter. It is completely inappropriate to use illegal drugs while in the company of your minor children. Some experts believe the 2nd hand smoke from marijuana is as harmful or worse than cigarettes. See: http://oehha.Ca.Gov/prop65/docs_state/mjcrnr061909.Html. ...Read more

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My 16 year old. daughter is out of the country. I can't reach her for 4 days. The hospital called. She has a kidney infection. Will she be ok?

My 16 year old. daughter is out of the country. I can't reach her for 4 days. The hospital called. She has a kidney infection. Will she be ok?

Depends on how : Serious the infection is . If she has a bladder infection she will be very uncomfortable and likely seek care. If she has a pyelonephritis she will have a fever and feel very ill . She will then certainly seek medical care. As long as she had access to a hospital or doctor and is not alone she should be ok. If you feel she is not near care you should notify the authorities at her location. ...Read more

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My niece died at cleveland clinic in 4 days from mrsa. She had 23 cats. Is there a connection? How safe is it to go to their home. (contact unknown )

MRSA: Staph : Wow. I am very sorry to hear of this. Mrsa continues to wreak havoc around the world and every hospital has stories like this one. It is hard to answer your question, but i would bet that at the very least someone should call animal control and explain the situation. They may want to get into the home first. ...Read more

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My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

My daughter is one and her doctors are considering to take out the tonsils and adenoid because of her bad sleep apnea. What are the risks for her age?

Apnea or surgery: Risks of sleep apnea are a result of poor oxygenation in the blood--can lead to developmental defects. Risks of surgery are standard for most surgeries: pain, swelling, bleeding, infection, difficulty swallowing, incomplete healing, and reactions to medications. Most surgical risks are temporary: permanent risks are rare. Apnea risks can be permanent. ...Read more

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Is it ethical for my family doctor to force me to have my xray in his office and not at a radiology facility?

Is it ethical for my family doctor to force me to have my xray in his office and not at a radiology facility?

Depends: You should be allowed a choice of where to have your radiology studies and lab works done. In cases where the doctor feel that it may be urgent for him/her to look at your xray right away, the doctor may recommend that you get the xray in the office. But to be forced to do so is a different manner. ...Read more

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My grandmother is in the hospital with a massive brain bleed that the surgeons will not operate on due to age. What are her chances of waking up?

My grandmother is in the hospital with a massive brain bleed that the surgeons will not operate on due to age. What are her chances of waking up?

Guarded prognosis: Sorry to inform you that one year mortality is about 60%, and her age and size of bleed make prognosis even worse. She has a low probability of surviving, but would not give up hope, and provide supportive care. An EEG might provide further guidance. ...Read more

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