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When is someone put on life support?

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

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Life Support (Definition)

Life Support is a broad type of healthcare intervention, encompassing measures used to ...Read more


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Can a 1 year old survive after being put on life support?

Can a 1 year old survive after being put on life support?

Yes: Life support is just that - to continue to provide oxygen and circulation while treatment to help the problem is given a chance to work. Best of luck to you and your loved one. ...Read more

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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 more

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My brother was put on life support Wednesday. I've felt dizzy since. Today is Monday. Is this normal? How can I make it go away?

My brother was put on life support Wednesday. I've felt dizzy since. Today is Monday. Is this normal? How can I make it go away?

Anxiety: It seems that you may be experiencing a version of anxiety related to the stress of your brother's illness. To be fair, you should have your family doc evaluate you for more concerning causes of dizziness. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?

Sedated: People on life support are normally either not awake or they are given medicine to remain calm- this reduces blood pressure and demand on the heart and lungs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?

They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more

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When you are getting a liver transplant are you put on life support? To keep you alive

That: That depends on both your definition of life support and the technique your surgeon uses to connect the new liver to your body.

Some surgeons use a method that requires blood to temporarily be shunted outside the body, and this bypass might be considered "life support." however, other surgeons use a technique that does not require bypass.

Al patients undergoing liver transplant are under very deep anesthesia, and are unable to breath on their own. Keeping the blood oxygentated therefore requires a machine to pump air in and out of the lungs. Some people might consider this machine to be a form of "life support, " though if that's the case, then most people undergoing major operations are on life support. ...Read more

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A person who is on life support on a respiratory, can they sit up and converse/talk with others? From what I read, life support is similar to being in a coma, half alive and half not. What are the conditions of the person who is put on life support, who

A person who is on life support on a respiratory, can they sit up and converse/talk with others? From what I read, life support is similar to being in a coma, half alive and half not. What are the conditions of the person who is put on life support, who

A: A person on a ventilator (a machine that pushes air into his or her lungs) is usually very ill and would not be able to communicate very well, much less sit up in bed. However, that's not always the case. It is certainly possible for a person to be awake, alert, and aware, and yet not have the strength required to breath independently. In such cases, the person could definitely communicate (by writing notes). ...Read more

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What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure? What is asthma? Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.

A lot of information: acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around, and becomes normal again.
end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working, to the point it required dialysis, and there is no hope of turning around, beside dialysis, patient might need a kidney transplant.
not everybody on life support required induced coma, unless the problem in brain. ...Read more

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My mother in law is in the hospital for pneumonia cuz her lungs r full w/water and was put on life support to help breath do u think she will make it?

Perhaps...: Pneumonia is a treatable condition but whether or not an individual will survive depends on many factors including age and whether or not the patient has any other diseases (example: copd, diabetes, renal failure, etc.) surviving will also depend on how many other organ systems are involved in the illness; the more organ systems affected, the less likely survival is. Good luck! ...Read more

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I was very sick fot 6 months cdeff all that time had blood poisoning 3 times bad enough to put me on life support I am needing to know the aftermath?

I was very sick fot 6 months cdeff all that time had blood poisoning 3 times bad enough to put me on life support I am needing to know the aftermath?

Depends: People who have had critical illness may take a very prolonged period of time to recover with persistent weakness, and other problems including difficulties with concentration, memory and anxiety. How long problems like this or other problems associated with critical illness lasts ca nvary depending on the specific events and the presence of any chronic diseases. Many will recover 100% though. ...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?

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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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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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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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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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

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Do you know are organ doners kept on life support after they die?

Sometimes.: After braindeath criterea someone will be on life support until they are removed in the or and once cardiac function stops the organs are harvested. The maintain on life support is not prolonged at all. If cardiac death and not in the or then only certain organs are able to be harvested. Mostly depends on type of organ being harvested. ...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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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

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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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What machines are used for medical life support systems?

Heart & Lung Devices: Medical life support system are used to support basic critical life functions to maintain the heart/cardiovascular as well as pulmonary (lung) system. The most common are respirators and cardiac assist devices but other organs for example, the kidneys, must be supported as well so dialysis/medications and other devices as often part of the treatment plan as well. ...Read more

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Aunt had to take husband off life support in '09. Thinks he went to hell bc didn't go to church. Complicated grief. How can I help?

See chaplain...: Sounds like she might need to talk to her spiritual leader. I am certainly not religious, but I am unaware of any religion banishing one to hell for not attending church. ...Read more

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What is meant by basic life support?

What is meant by basic life support?

Emergency care: Basic life support (bls) is emergency care for people with life-threatening conditions before they get to the hospital. It usually covers a number of conditions, such as cardiac arrest, choking and drowning. Examples are cpr, and use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Hospital workers, lifeguards, and first-responders are usually required to be bls certified. ...Read more

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What dose it mean if my so was over breeding his life support?

Is getting better: You probably meant overbreathing. That means that he is able to breath on his own and is getting better. ...Read more

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Where can I get current pratices for basic life support guidelines?

Red Cross: Contact your local red cross, they will have the most recent protocols at no or a nominal charge. ...Read more

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Help please, what happens to the human body when kept on life support?

Help please, what happens to the human body when kept on life support?

I have seen: This question in the feed 4 some time & thought a physician would answer. I guess they have not because people, doctors included, are uncomfortable thinking about situations that require life support. It is used when the person! S body could not survive without the medical intervention when Drs feel there is a chance 4 survival. There R various types of life support, so it is different in each case ...Read more

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Supposing you're in the icu on life support. How do you let out waste?

Depends: Sometimes there are catheters in the bladder or tubes in the rectum to collect waste. Other times, the patient excretes into a bed pan. Or, waste is excreted, and cleaned up by hand. ...Read more

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What happens to someone in a coma and how long do comas last? How long are patients kept on life support?

Life support: People can stay on life support for as long as desired. This usually depends on the family's wishes are in rare cases it may be spelled out in a living will. A coma can last any length of time. ...Read more

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