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What Does Critical Condition At Hospital Mean
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
My 15 mo old son is in hospital for hypoglacemia. The critical sample discovered he has ketones in his blood. What does ketonic hypoglacemia mean?
Ketosis & hypoglycem: Usually seen in young children between 10 months to 4 years. Ketosis is having ketone bodies-acidosis while hypoglycemia is low blood sugar. First episode is usually after vomiting and diarrhoea with dehydration. If it happens frequently needs to be checked further. First time the efforts are usually getting blood sugar up and hydrating the child. As the brain can use only glucose, it is important. ...Read more
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
I have ha and panic disorder. I also in the past 5 years devoloped phobia of doctors and hospitals. I mean i panic the whole tinw im there?
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
Loss of reality: Also called ICU psychosis, patients often undergo unreal experiences while in an acute care setting. The combination of medications (narcotics), sleep deprivation, lack of normal daily interactions, stress, pain, surgeries and unfamiliar environments can cause emotional and behavioral changes, loss of time, acting out dreams, and hearing and seeing bizarre things (hallucinations). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Non-specific: "hospital procedure" told to friend means that person is having a test or invasive study or possibly even an operation. The fact that the person did not elaborate might indicate that he/she needed to explain absence, but would rather keep medical concern private. Proper courtesy & respect is for the friend to put curiosity aside & to drop the topic until or when the person decides to elaborate. ...Read more
What does bacteria gram+&-mean? Which one is the bad one one that dr's would have to keep you in hospital longer for more testing
Both: Gram positivity and negativity is a broad classification mechanism that separates two types of organism groups based on how their cell walls react to certain stains. Both can cause infections and both require different types and dosages and duration of antibiotics to treat the infection properly. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What does it mean if my neighbor is in the hospital with cancer and someone said it was serious, is she going to die? don't know what type it is
Cancer: Cancer can be serious, It is difficult to answer this question accurately without knowing the specifics. This will include the type of cancer, stage and response to treatment. Being supportive can go a long way to help cancer patients no matter what the prognosis is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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