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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

What are the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Ventilator...: Ventilator associated pneumonia occurs when a person has a tube in place that goes into their airway and connects to a ventilator. This allows bacteria to enter the lungs from the outside. Prevention strategies include good oral hygiene, GERD therapy and getting the tube out as quickly as possible. A chest x-ray can confirm the diagnosis and antibiotics treat it after sputum culture is sent to lab ...Read more

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Please help! what is the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Please help! what is the risk factors of ventilator associated pneumonia?

Risk factors...: Ventilator-associated pneumonia risk factors include the presence of oral bacteria, gastroesophageal reflux, interruption of the ventilator circuit, meds that decrease stomach acidity, prolonged oral/nasal intubation, etc. Various measures are taken to prevent this including weaning from mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible, keeping the head of the bed raised, good oral hygiene, etc. ...Read more

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My dad is on ventilator, fluid, pneumonia, what to do?

My dad is on ventilator, fluid, pneumonia, what to do?

Expectant waiting: Leave it to the health care practitioners and if you believe in prayers do so. Keep yourself strong so others will do the same. Talk to your dad even if sleeping, he may hear you and have more strength. Talk to the doctors and nurses and be updated time and again. ...Read more

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What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

What is the survival rate when someone has lung cancer and pneumonia and is on a ventilator?

Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but i would not allow myself to be intubated if i already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more

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Mother was admitted w/ confusion, came down with pneumonia, is on a ventilator. She was sedated. Her eyes are now open, but not aware. Still sedation?

Hard to say: Confusion in elderly patients can be due to many causes such as dementia and medications. While your mother is on the ventilator, she may be still under the effects of sedation, or she could have other problems such as a stroke, or her pneumonia causing her not to have enough oxygen in her bloodstream. As she recovers from pneumonia, she should wake up and be able to breathe on her own. ...Read more

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Wht mean by ventilator associated phenemonia?

Wht mean by ventilator associated phenemonia?

VAP...: Ventilator-associated pneumonia is a pneumonia in a patient who is on a ventilator, usually for a few days or longer. A sputum culture is sent to the lab and antibiotics are used in treatment. ...Read more

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Hi how long does it take for some over 85 that's been admitted for pneumonia in intensive care on a ventilator to be released from hospital. Thanks?

Depends: That depends on a lot of factors, generally speaking being in the ICU and on a ventilator is serious. You would be best served looking for this answer directly from the physician taking care of your family member, we would just be making guesses and predictions here, which might increase your anxiety. ...Read more

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Do I have pneumonia?

Do I have pneumonia?

Maybe: What symtoms do you have? You really should see your doctor to be evaluated. ...Read more

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How to cure pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs causes by bacteria or virus. Bacterial pneumonia is more common in community and needs antibiotics . The prognosis depends on various factors like, immunity, age, severity of pneumonia, associated medical conditions like other lung disease, smoking, diabetes etc. the patient will need to see a doctor for exam , investigation and treatment. ...Read more

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What is pre-pneumonia?

What is pre-pneumonia?

No such medical cond: Your doctor maay be trying to simplify for you to understand that you might develop pneumonia, which can happen if you have bronchitis following sore throat and upper respiratory virus infections which are very common. Sometimes a pneumonia will follow after such infections. ...Read more

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Can pneumonia be cured?

Pneumonia : Antibiotics will fix bacterial pneumonia. Viral pneumonia fixes itself. Fungal will need anti fungal treatment ...Read more

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How is pneumonia diagnosed?

Pneumonia can be: Diagnosed on many occasions simply via a thorough history, and physical examination. You can hear rales on examination of the lungs. On laboratory examinations the white count is often elevated. If there is a question the doctor may also order a chest xray. ...Read more

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Can you die from pneumonia?

Can you die from pneumonia?

Possible: Pneumonia can be a life-threatening problem especially if left untreated. You should see a doctor if you are having symptoms of pneumonia. ...Read more

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How dangerous is pneumonia?

How dangerous is pneumonia?

PNA treatable.: In a young person, like yourself it's usually treatable without much danger. In an older person with significant medical issue, however, could be fatal. Pneumonia needs to be taken seriously and treated appropriately. ...Read more

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What medicine for pneumonia?

It depends.: There are different types of bacteria that cause bacterial pneumonia in the community. Infections acquired in the hospital can be caused by different bugs. Viral pneumonia would not respond to any antibiotics. On rare occasions pneumonia could be cause by a fungus. ...Read more

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Could i be getting pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Need more information. If you are having fever, cough with sputum production, chest pain, shortness of breath, chills, etc., you may be getting pneumonia, but this needs careful evaluation by a clinician. If you suspect you may have pneumonia you should be seen by a doctor asap. ...Read more

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