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What are the chances of surviving septicemia in the intensive care unit?

What are the chances of surviving septicemia in the intensive care unit?

Good: The overall adult survival is around 70%. Young adults do better than elderly. Keys to improving the odds include early recognition that you are "septic", early broad spectrum antibiotics based on the presumed source ( lung, soft tissue, blood vessel catheter, abdomen ), early drainage of any pus, aggressive support of the lungs, kidneys, heart to maintain good perfusion to all these. ...Read more

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Dr. William Walsh
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Sepsis (Definition)

The body's abnormal response to severe infection. Sepsis symptoms include fever, rapid heart rate and rapid breathing, and bloodwork will reveal elevation of ...Read more


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What's the difference between a patient care unit and the intensive care unit?

Hospital Care Levels: All units in a hospital are patient care units however the equipment and nursing staff present differ according to the nature of the patient's illness or illnesses. Icu is for the sickest patient. Subacute or stepdown unit is for a patient who still needs close monitoring often still needing special equipment. Regular unit is for a patient needing hospital care but usually not seriously ill. ...Read more

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How is someone capable of going to the bathroom while being under sedation in the intensive care unit?

How is someone capable of going to the bathroom while being under sedation in the intensive care unit?

Going to the BR: Most people in the Intensive Care Unit will have a catheter in their urinary bladder that drains urine. Defecation or stooling is sometimes involuntary. These are vital functions. ...Read more

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My wife suffered a sodium hypochlorite incident during a root canal. She was admitted the next day to the intensive care unit the irrigation solution was shot into an extra canal and came in contact with vital tissue that caused massive swelling. She ha

My wife suffered a sodium hypochlorite incident during a root canal.  She was admitted the next day to the intensive care unit the irrigation solution was shot into an extra canal and came in contact with vital tissue that caused massive swelling.  She ha

Don't worry: Although this is a very unfortunate incident, it is important that you don't panic. The swelling and the bruising will get better, with time. Make sure that you follow your dentists/doctor's instructions. You many want to ask for a referral to an endodontist just for follow up, although not much can be done at this point, than let time heal the area, and it will. ...Read more

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Why would a car accident victim have two tubes in her mouth in the intensive care unit?

Why would a car accident victim have two tubes in her mouth in the intensive care unit?

See below: One is usually a endotracheal tube for breathing. The other is an oral gastric tube to decompress the stomach. ...Read more

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What exactly is a neonatal intensive care unit?

What exactly is a neonatal intensive care unit?

Very specialized: It is a very specialized unit for taking care of newborns with problems like prematurity, respiratory issues, infections, and sometimes heart prpblems. It requires a large enough population base, a neonatologist (special highly trained pediatrician), and a sufficient level of support services and specially trained nurses and other personnel. ...Read more

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What’s the difference between a critical care and an intensive care unit?

What’s the difference between a critical care and an intensive care unit?

Same thing: Different hospitals have different terms for specialized care units that take care of the sickest patients. ...Read more

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Person with encephalitis in intensive care unit, what's the worst that can happen?

Person with encephalitis in intensive care unit, what's the worst that can happen?

Encephalitis: Encephalitis is a serious condition. The outcomes can vary from complete recovery to being fatal, and a number of outcomes in between. It is important to maintain open lines of communication with the health care team regarding the patient's progress. ...Read more

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What is the delirium rating for intensive care unit?

What is the delirium rating for intensive care unit?

Diagnostic tool: There are a number of tools used to diagnose delirium in the intensive care unit. The two most common tools in north america include the cam-icu and the intensive care delirium screening checklist. Both have good sensitivity for detecting delirium. ...Read more

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What can I expect as a patient in an intensive care unit?

Intensive care: The patient experience varies between intensive care units. Certain factors than can affect this are visitation policies, presence of 24 hour in house intensivist coverage, whether it is a teaching institution (presence of residents, fellows, medical students), rounding policies (do rounds include families, are rounds multidisciplinary). Certain universal things are the presence of monitors/alarms. ...Read more

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