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What happens if cpr is performed on a healthy person?

What happens if cpr is performed on a healthy person?

You'll know it.: CPR is needed when the heart isn't pumping i.e. Cardiac arrest. In this situation the patient will remain unresponsive even if "fast and hard" chest compressions are being given. If the patient is not in cardiac arrest (sleeping, intoxicated, etc), they will respond in some way when compressions are begun as compressions are not pleasant. Look at it this way, if they wake up, your job is done. ...Read more

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Definition)

Broadly speaking, cardioplumonary resuscitation (cpr), is the act of compressing the heart in an effort to create blood flow. This is typically performed as "external" or "closed chest" cpr, as taught by the america heart association. When performed with assisted ventilation, it is possible to deliver enough oxygen to the heart for it to regain its ability to ...Read more


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When a person undergoes kidney dialysis what is happening and why is the procedure preformed?

When a person undergoes kidney dialysis what is happening and why is the procedure preformed?

Filter: Dialysis does the work of kidneys, acts like kidney filter. Removes the extra fluid and wastes, toxins that accumulate in the body. ...Read more

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Would a TB test do any harm to an anorexic person? Does it harm a person who has a loss of nutrition. What happens when it is taken?

Would a TB test do any harm to an anorexic person? Does it harm a person who has a loss of nutrition. What happens when it is taken?

No harm: Tb test in an anorexic person who has significantly poor nutrition does not cause harm. But it can sometimes be falsely negative as severe nutritional deprivation is associated with poor immune response, thereby blunting normal immune response to TB test. Once the person recovers, the TB test may give a more accurate result. It depends on your individual risk factors for urgency of testing. ...Read more

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What happens if you don't catch an asd in a child until after the age of 10yo, does this mean their heart is damaged for life?

What happens if you don't catch an asd in a child until after the age of 10yo, does this mean their heart is damaged for life?

Not particularly: Although there is an effort to close asd's by school age an asymptomatic child of 10 is not necessarily ruined for life. The size of the defect is quite variable as is the effect on heart function. I would be more concerned if the child had gone thru puberty and added muscle mass and weight to the equation.An open discussion of your concerns with your physicianis in order. ...Read more

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How should you perform the heimlich maneuver on someone who is very obese or in the last term of pregnancy?

How should you perform the heimlich maneuver on someone who is very obese or in the last term of pregnancy?

The same way: The heimlich maneuver in obese and pregnant patients is done the same way, but the technique of pressing just under the sternum(chest bone) from behind upwards with both arms to the patient must be absolutely accurate and not squeezing the abdomen. ...Read more

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What happens if a person drinks after a liver transplant is approved?

What happens if a person drinks after a liver transplant is approved?

Buzzzzzz!!: You are in time out for a period of time, usually between 3-6 months...But you may get a red card and be out altogether. It is decided in a multidisciplinary committee. ...Read more

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What is required during an autopsy if someone is shot in the chest?

What is required during an autopsy if someone is shot in the chest?

Full autopsy: Only a complete autopsy will answer the key questions. Was this really a gunshot wound? Can we recover the bullet? Did the person suffer greatly? Was the person already dead from something else (as a clever lawyer would argue)? Did the person have a brain problem that made them act strangely and then get shot? Are there other bullets? ...Read more

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What happens if you touch a patient while using the aed?

What happens if you touch a patient while using the aed?

Starts over: The most concerning issue would be touching the patient at the time the AED delivers a defibrillation. The electrical current could pass from the patient into anybody making physical contact, and cause various injuries or even stop your heart. Because of that, most aeds will stop their analyzing cycle if somebody touches the patient, and then start over with analysis prior to advising a shock. ...Read more

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What happens if a person is grief-stricken for a very long period?

What happens if a person is grief-stricken for a very long period?

Variable: This depends on the extent of grief, and what you mean by "very long period." some people are completely immobilized and need time out. There are some social allowances for grief, and support is important in moving through it. The time frame required is variable. Remaining isolated for months, avoiding contact, and thinking of suicide indicates need for urgent help -- grief can become depression. ...Read more

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When a person has a left side Istemic stroke, how detrimental is it to recovery if they do not get therapy in the first month? Thank you

When a person has a left side Istemic stroke, how detrimental is it to recovery if they do not get therapy in the first month?  Thank you

Pretty bad... get PT: Studies have shown that the sooner after a stroke that you start physical therapy, the better, more, & faster you recover. Waiting a month after a stroke allows muscles to weaken & waste away, so in general, doctors recommend starting range of motion within 1 week, & intense physical therapy within about 2 weeks after a stroke. Talk to your doctor / physiatrist about your condition. ...Read more

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What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

What happens if a type 1 diabetic has HIV then how long will that person be alive?

Natural Life: There is no reason to believe that anyone in America today on good HIV treatment will have anything but their normal length of natural life. The latest longevity study puts the length of life on treatment at 54 years. If you do not have a good HIV expert here is a way to find one where you live: http://www.aahivm.org. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens after a person has a stroke and she is in the hospital in the icu?

Could you tell me what happens after a person has a stroke and she is in the hospital in the icu?

Depends: First, the decision is made whether the person is a candidate for clot-busting medicine via serial physical exams, brain ct scans, etc., usually in the er. Once in the icu, vital signs, especially bp, are stabilized. Depending on the size of the stroke, the patient may need ventilator support, at least temporarily. Etiology is sought and treated, if found, to prevent recurrence. Rehab is begun. ...Read more

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Is it standard of care to perform dialysis on someone who is currently experiencing heart trauma?

Is it standard of care to perform dialysis on someone who is currently experiencing heart trauma?

Question too vague: Dialysis is performed for a variety of reasons but is never performed casually. Urgent dialysis is lifesaving and sometimes temporizing until definitive care or perhaps permanent dialysis can be instituted. Some of the indications for urgent dialysis could be related to the heart although difficult o say without more details. ...Read more

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What happens if sex is a need, are people who feel fine without it abnormal?

What happens if sex is a need, are people who feel fine without it abnormal?

It's not really: a need, it is a want or desire. And there is a wide range of "normal". It's OK to want it, and it's OK to not want it, at any particular point in time. ...Read more

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What happens if a tattoo artist is working with a customer who is hiv+ how much is the artist at risk of being hiv+?

What happens if a tattoo artist is working with a customer who is hiv+ how much is the artist at risk of being hiv+?

No risk: There would be no risk unless the tattoo artist was also injection this customers blood into their blood or having unprotected sexual intercourse that included blood to semen or semen to blood exposure. Getting a tattoo is not in any way a risk to the tattoo artist from a customer who may be infected with HIV. ...Read more

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Why is it not good to take BP on a person who has had a masectomy?

Why is it not good to take BP on a person who has had a masectomy?

Axilla disection: Mastectomy is not the concern, it is the extent of lymph nodes removed. Any blockage of the lymph system and the veins could cause an inflammation of the veins (phlebitis) if a complete lymph node removal is done. ...Read more

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