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Can you survive after being put on life support? I am doing a persuasive speech on euthanasia and i wanted to know how often it is that the situation comes up. I want to know if when your put on life support with a failing body system, is there a chance y
The : The concept of life support is to provide assistance or replacement of a bodily function, generally categorized as: ventilator support for respiratory failure, medications or pump for heart failure, dialysis for kidney failure. Some consider intravenous nutrition life support also. In some cases, the acute insult that leads a patient to needing life support is removed and the body heals, thus that life support is no longer needed. In some cases, the body was already weakened, or the insult is not reversible, so that life support is continued. Intensive care units utilize life support to differentiate their role in the hospital compared to the regular nursing floors. The decision to remove life support, depends on the prognosis of the initial insult, the overall condition, including age, quality of life and other medical conditions, and most importantly, the wishes of the patient and secondarily the family when the patient cannot make an informed decision. Withdrawal of life support can be considered when it is clear that the patient will not recover to a meaningful quality of life. Although euthanasia is considered different than life support withdrawal, in that both acts hasten death, in the case of life support withdrawal, we are simply taking away a crutch that keeps the patient alive allowing the normal disease process to lead to death to occur. In the case of euthanasia, there is active participation of health care providers to provide medications that engage another process of death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am having speech problems. Making up words/using wrong words. Speech a bit slurry. All of a sudden. What can be the cause?
Not a medical term: Pedantic speech is speech intended to impress people with how smart the speaker is. An example might be using the term cephalgia when the more common word headache would do just as well. The term is also applied when a speaker is overly concerned with exactness. The term is frequently used as a criticism to imply that a speaker has trouble relating to the listeners. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prepare topic well: It is common to have stage fright, especially when you are doing it without much prior experience. This will go away with further practice in public speaking. One reason for fear is to go to give a lecture when you are not well prepared. So the best trick to be confident is to know your subject so well that the audience can be spell bound. This requires that you know more than the audience does. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Well Other than CVA: With aphasia, I think of intoxication. There are any number of things that can result in impaired cognition, Parkinson's disease, alcohol consumption, medications, sleep deprivation, inadequate oxygen to the brain, heart failure, pain medication antiepileptics and antipsychotics, antidepressants. I suppose it would be helpful if there were some clinical details and context provided. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can cause difficulity speech and mixing words together and i alway say right instead of left amd vice versa every time i'm directing someone?
See a doc!: Difficulties with speech can be part of a speech or language disorder, caused by some neurological or medical problem. To find out what exactly is the cause of such difficulties, you need to go through a comprehensive evaluation. A neurologist and a neuropsychologist can perform such an evaluation. ...Read more
Adult speech/lang: An adult speech language evaluation can last 1 to 2 hours. First a detailed history about the presenting problem is obtained from the patient or family member. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills may be evaluated. If the voice is is thought to be the problem, then a video recording or video stroboscopy is performed to check vocal cord movement. Breathing pattern is also evaluated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Public speaking: Assume it is you giving the speech. In a pinch, then a doctor might prescribe you a very low dose of a beta-blocker to calm you, but try it before the speech to be sure it does not make you too altered or fuzzy to complete your thoughts. There are programs to help people who fear public speaking like toastmasters, and relaxation practices an also help but take time and commitment. ...Read more
What would cause partial loss of sight on one side and speech to be uncontrollable and jumbled or unable to find words?
Don't pay money: Having a speech impediment is difficult enough without everybody offering well-meaning but unhelpful advice. If you like indian classical music, so much the better, but don't labor under any illusions that this (or mozart, or anything else) will rewire your brain -- these claims aren't evidence-based. ...Read more
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