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What does "critical condition" at the hospital mean?

What does "critical condition" at the 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 more

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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?

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 more

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What are hospital procedures for a patient with aids in critical condition with pneumonia?

What are hospital procedures for a patient with aids in critical condition with pneumonia?

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 more

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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?

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

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Please explain what does the term "comfort care only" mean in hospitals?

Please explain what does the term "comfort care only" mean in hospitals?

No interventions: In most hospitals, it means keeping a patient comfortable and as free of pain as possible. Generally, there has been a mutual decision between the doctors and family/proxy that further medical treatment would be futile and not change the course of an illness. It can include or exclude any intervention that the decision makers feel comports with the patient's wishes if they could make decision. ...Read more

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I was wondering what does the term "comfort care only" mean in hospitals?

No interventions: In most hospitals, it means keeping a patient comfortable and as free of pain as possible. Generally, there has been a mutual decision between the doctors and family/proxy that further medical treatment would be futile and not change the course of an illness. It can include or exclude any intervention that the decision makers feel comports with the patient's wishes if they could make decision. ...Read more

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There was a hospital incinerator near my home, to escape from its fumes used ordinary air conditioner. Was that enough protection?

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

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What is meant by hospital discharge planning?

What is meant by hospital  discharge planning?

D/c planning: Discharge planning starts when the patient is admitted. This includes social workers involvement to facilitate discharge to an appropriate place, home, nursing home or home health is needed. Whether the patient needs any equipment on discharge like wheelchairs, commodes etc. ...Read more