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What Does It Mean To Be In Critical Condition
How could a person live that long without treatment. then all of a sudden get pcp pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?
PCP: Are we talking about HIV/AIDS. if that's the case then it is important for HIV positive patients to be under care of an HIV specialist to monitor their CD4 count and HIV viral load. All patients with HIV need to be on Antiviral medications and also base on their CD4 count on prophylactic Antibiotics. Immune system can go down very fast if patient is not on the right treatment. ...Read more
How can a person go a long without treatment, then all of a sudden get pneumocystis carinii pneumonia thrush and be in critical condition?
Support: I am guessing the friend is already in the icu. While most of the time in the ICU is not remembered, some is. Patients may still respond and communicate even if sedated since goal is comfort, not amnesia. Give them support, as well as their family and friends. Critical illness is stressful for more than just the patient and good social support and communication helps the people caring for them. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Critical care accide: There are numerous potential injuries but some common critical injuries include the following: - traumatic brain injury which could lead to brain damage, coma or death. - damage to the aorta leading to massive bleeding - pelvic fracture with internal bleeding and damage to the urinary tract system - facial and airway damage leading to respiration problems - fractured ribs and lung damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was wondering what are some specific injuries for car accident victims who are in critical condition?
Main ones would be: Those involving the head, chest, abdomen/pelvis or the spine, along with extremities injuries. All sorts of combinations occur. Bleeding excessively, from any one or multiple injuries can, by itself, be critical. The treatment in the first 24-48 hrs is vital for a good outcome, specifically the golden hour, ie, the 1st hour. ...Read more
Attention: Your time and attention are what he needs; if things go well or poorly he and you will know you were ther for him, and you won't have regrets about that. ...Read more
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 uncle fell from a horse and is in critical condition now.
The CT scans are clear but he is still unconscious.
y would that be?
CT scans can pick: ...up changes in anatomy but not subtle changes in brain function. It can pick up masses (blood clots, tumors & abscesses) but not swelling unless it's severe. A neurologic exam can tell if he's in a coma. The depth of the coma, his other injuries and the health of his other vital organs all contribute to his prognosis. It's complicated! Please talk with his doctors. Best wishes. ...Read more
Depends: Many people have a multitude of reasons for being in the intensive care ward. Some of these patients have restricted diets to comply with doctors orders for the specific disease or problem for that patient. So, the answer lies in the problem for which they were admitted to the hospital. Low sodium or low fat diets are frequently prescribed. Sometimes a liquid diet, and prior to surgery, nothing. ...Read more
After seeing my dad critically ill, I became flushed. My chest, neck and face bright red. The warmth went through my shoulder blades. Why?
I was critically ill in june. To the point where I was given a 5 percent chance to live. Since I have been home I have had terrible diarrhea. I can hear my bowels rumbling and I get cramps sometimes the diarrhea is everyday I have dropped 45 pounds. Could
Clostridium diff.: If you were very ill and in the hospital recently, likely at some point on an antibiotic, you are at risk for a serious bowel infection known as clostidium difficile, which causes a very bad diarrhea. You need to see your doctor and be tested for this, and then treated if it is present. ...Read more
Condition: Grave or moribund condition is used to describe a condition where recovery is not expected. Critical condition is used when a patient is unstable and will not live without a significant amount of intervention but has a resonable chance of recovery. ...Read more
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
Meniere's symptoms: Meniere's disease is caused by fluid build up in the inner ear which disrupts hearing and balance. Patients experience a sensation of fullness or pressure, hearing loss and ringing (tinnitus) in the affected ear, often followed by dizziness or vertigo. Episodes of dizziness can be severe and debilitating. Episodes can occur at long intervals, or can be frequent. Hearing loss can worsen over time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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