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Dr. Jerome Zacks
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Hypotension (Definition)

Hypotension is defined as "low blood pressure". Blood pressure is measured as two numbers and expressed as systolic blood pressure (sbp) / diastolic blood pressure (dbp). The sbp is the pressure that is generated when the heart squeezes. Dbp occurs when the heart relaxes. 120/70 is considered normal in adults. Less than 100/60 (of either number) can ...Read more


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What are nursing intervention for hypotension ?

What are nursing intervention for  hypotension ?

Hydrate.: Keep the head down or lie down.Hydrate.Wear support stockings. If on anti hypertensive medications, may need adjustments. Consult an md! ...Read more

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Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain. She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior. She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain.  She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior.  She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Confusion: Narcotics such as hydrocodone often create sedation, confusion and constipation. It is safer to use high-dose tylenol (two 500mg acetaminophen) every 6-8 hours to control pain, provided one avoids alcohol and has ones liver function checked periodically. Regarding blood pressure, pulse and dizziness, blood pressure should be checked sitting and standing and doctor examine the patient. ...Read more

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Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain. She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior. She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Will this medication hurt my mother? My mother is in a nursing home and had been prescribed hydrocodone for pain.  She started having low blood pressure/heart beat/diziness/bizarre behavior.  She's been sent to the emergency room three times in the last t

Ask her doctor: Pain meds such as hydrocodone must be used carefully in older patients. They metabolize all meds more slowly, and may need smaller doses or less frequent doses. There may be better ways to manage her pain than hydrocodone or other narcotics. If necessary, ask for a consultation with a pain specialist. All her meds may need to be adjusted if she is having heart problems and behavior changes. ...Read more

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What are the names of some good nursing homes in kansas?

What are the names of some good nursing homes in kansas?

Nursing home compare: One way for anyone to look at the ratings of nursing homes is to go to the nursing home compare on the cms website. http://www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare/search. ...Read more

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What are some drugs that cause hypotension after surgery?

Several: Any of the drugs that are used to treat hypertension can cause hypotension. Diuretics for instance cause an increase in urine flow and can lead to hypotension. But more importantly, if a patient has a low blood pressure following surgery, one should consider that the patient may be bleeding. Also some medicines used to control pain or anxiety could lead to hypotension. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are some nursing diagnoses for cholangitis?

I was wondering what are some nursing diagnoses for cholangitis?

Not sure of question: There are several causes of cholangitis, bacterial and autoimmune. Bacterial cholangitis has several causes, ascending infection caused by blockage from stones (choledocholithiasis), malignancy or iatrogenic. This is because bacteria grow in the stagnant bile upstream of the blockage and cause biliary sepsis. Autoimmune cholangitis also includes primary sclerosing cholangitis. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a nursing mum to take some alcohol. My baby is one month plus?

Is it okay for a nursing mum to take some alcohol. My baby is one month plus?

You choose: Your babies brain is adding new connections most rapidly in the first 2 years. We know from cases of fetal alcohol syndrome that there is a direct toxic effect of the breakdown products of alcohol on babies brain, (formaldehyde is one byproduct), so any alcohol that gets to baby may produce some harm. Some groups have suggested a little is okay, but I've seen far too many ADD kids to say so ...Read more

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Can you suggest some good nursing theory to apply to the care of a patient that just had a sigmoidectomy?

Can you suggest some good nursing theory to apply to the care of a patient that just had a sigmoidectomy?

Post surgery: The beast care is to try and get the patient back to normal activities as soon as possible. Ambulation and sitting in a chair are better than laying in bed. If the wound is closed it should not need special attention. A soft diet and some stool softeners will make life a little easier for the first 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Looks to me like some independent and assisted living and nursing home centers use amenities to please the families. What are things that matter most?

Looks to me like some independent and assisted living and nursing home centers use amenities to please the families. What are things that matter most?

I agree: Many assisted living and nursing home companies choose to provide amenities to please the family members. It is most important to look at the "guts" of a program specifically whether they've been cited for any major deficiencies, and whether they have a special training program for their staff as well as in-house geriatric psychiatrists and geriatricians. Please look at the recreation therapy prog. ...Read more

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Is being a little squeamish normal when some lady is nursing?

Is being a little squeamish normal when some lady is nursing?

Possible: A lot of people feel awkward watching a mother breast feed her child in public. The breast is still primarily associated with sex. And, in this country, not a lot of women will breast feed in public. So, we are not accustomed to seeing it. ...Read more

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What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

What are some nursing diagnoses for cerebrovascular disease?

Same as for MDs: Nurses use the same "playbook" as doctors. It would not make sense for nurses to refer to the same conditions by different names as do physicians. In fact, one of the major outcomes of the flexner commission in modernizing and unifying medical education. ...Read more

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What are some impotant and good ideas to help my dad with his hypotension?

Hypotension: First would be to avoid meds than can cause low blood pressure either through direct effect or as a side effect. Second stay well hydrated. Third would be to avoid falls when changing position, specifically from sitting down to standing up to take time and sit back down if lightheaded. Ideally a possible cause for his hypotension should be sought and a therapeutic trial may help. ...Read more

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Need some advice on nursing management of gouty arthritis?

Need some advice on nursing management of gouty arthritis?

Nursing: Information is your best ally . The more the patient can know about the condition the better it is for them to follow directions and not just doing something because they were told to do so. ...Read more

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I'm a volunteer at a nursing home and I am now doing activities with seniors. I need some ideas for safe exercises in chairs?

I'm a volunteer at a nursing home and I am now doing activities with seniors. I need some ideas for safe exercises in chairs?

Kee[p it simple: This is great thing to do.. Just keep it simple. Reaching one arm at a time , forward, then upward, then out to the side. Repeat on the other side. Rotate head toward left shoulder, pause, then return to midline.. And repeat to the other side. Now lean one ear towards the shoulder on the same side... Pause and return and repeat on the other side. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does some nursing home staff treat residents differently if dnr or other? I mean with regard to engaging or helping them, etc not with regard to cpr.

Does some nursing home staff treat residents differently if dnr or other? I mean with regard to engaging or helping them, etc not with regard to cpr.

No: If a resident is on hospice or has a dnr order, they should not be ignored or treated with less care. Often, since the goals of care are comfort, they are given more attention to prevent pain an unnecessary suffering. ...Read more