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What Does Critical Condition At Hospital
Life-threatening: Terms such as "critical", "serious", "fair", etc. Are not defined terms in medical jargon, and were probably started by the media. That said, i usually think of "critical" as any patient sick enough to require care in a critical care unit, or icu. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Complicated: The rx would be antibiotics for the treatment of the infection, and supportive care. The supportive care needed depends on how sick the patient is, and can range from supplemental oxygen to needing a breathing tube and support with a mechanical ventilator, other kinds of critical care support, such as fluids & drugs to support blood pressure may be used. Sometimes steroids for inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have a friend who has been diagnosed with legionnaires disease and is in the critical care department of a local hospital. Is this a disease that is mandated to be reported to the (u.S.) cdc? Will there be follow up on the source of the bacteria?
Yes and yes: Legionella is nationally reportable- the lab that did the testing or the physician will report the result to the local health department, which will be responsible for further notification. Typically, if the source is not known some investigation will occur. This may involve testing water sources and other environmental risks, and investigating related cases. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
There was a hospital incinerator near my home, to escape from its fumes used ordinary air conditioner. Was that enough protection?
Ask hospital: Incinerators at hospitals are unlikely to burn dangerous chemicals that will get into the air. Strict regulations require hospitals and other health care facilities to dispose hazardous waste in a safe manner that will not endanger the environment. It is unlikely that hazardous chemicals were in the incinerator. ...Read more
Talk with doctor: You should be in contact with your doctor by phone if you are in pain or bleeding. Going to the er should be a joint decision, unless you are experiencing extreme uncontrollable pain or other unusual or concerning symptoms. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you are not diagnosed with a mental disorder, can you not enter a mental health hospital?
Observation: There's usually at least a working diagnosis (can include substance abuse) when someone is admitted to an inpatient psychiatric hospital. It may only be a 3 day observation period to better delineate the person's symptoms, though. If there's not even a provisional psychiatric diagnosis and the person isn't a danger to self or others, admission is unlikely. Outpatient referral possible, though. ...Read more
ICU: Hi. The intensive care unit may be run by various specialists: medical ICU is usually run by pulmonary critical care, cardiac ICU is run by cardiology, surgical ICU is run by anesthesiologists with surgical input, pediatric ICU and neonatal ICU are run by pediatric intensivists, neurological ICU is run by neurological intensivists. What ICU a patient ends up in depends on patient problem. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hospital for anxiety: The answer is 'yes'--sometimes, anxiety could be so pervasive and paralyzing that a patient is actually admitted to a hospital for control of symptoms with medication and discharge planning to return them to function. This is very rare now because we have good medicines for anxiety and because insurance companies don't like to pay for a hospital. ...Read more
Pediatric Ophthalmo-: logists at the Parkway Health Center, Chao Wai Medical Center, 2001-300, 1F, Block AB, No.jia 6, Chaowai Street, Chao Yang District, 152 1087 5417 (Chinese & English) or the retinal specialists on www.asrs.org/international/international-liaison-leaders-and-delegates/asia-pacific/chinese-ocular-fundus-society can help you find a Pediatric Retinal Specialist. Check out all of them. Good luck. ...Read more
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