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What Is A Hospital Code Black
Bomb threat: Code black is going to have different meanings, depending on where you are. In some cases, it means that someone has died. Othertimes it can mean a bomb threat, or even someone making a threat against themselves. A lot of places use colors to specify to staff that there is something happening without causing a riot or a commotion. To find more information click here: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/h. ...Read more
My five-year-old son is going through a work up to find a hemoglobin disorder. They think it is hereditary spherocytosis. Is this fatal or dangerous??
Mgt: It is a inherited disorder, and there are treatments available. This is one link for information: https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hereditary-spherocytosis#diagnosis ...Read more
What does a level of 17 for bilirubin for a period of a week mean for an alcoholic in the hospital. My brother is in this situation?
Depends: As a pathologist / lab doctor, we're always telling folks to look at the person more than the numbers. Severe jaundice can be anything from acute viral hepatitis to alcoholic hepatitis (a sudden illness) to hemolytic anemia to a medication allergy to a stray gallstone to cancer of the pancreas to several hundred less common entities. I'm glad you're there for your brother, good luck to you both. ...Read more
Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a whipple procedure that is always mentioned in hospital shows?
Complex surgery: Performed to treat malignant tumors on the head of the pancreas involving common bile duct, papilla, duodenum near the pancreas, and/or pancreatitis. Also called a pancreaticoduodenectomy. See http://www.Pancreaticcancerjourney.Com/whipple-procedure.Html for an in-depth description. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Please can u tell me what is prehospital electrocardiogram is it a device in the ambulance or what ?
Before Hospital: My assumption would be that this could be any electrocardiogram that is done outside of the hospital. This could include at your doctor's office, at an urgent care center, or yes, even in an ambulance. An electrocardiogram is a type of reading generated by a machine that is connected to several electrode stickers on and around your chest to assess the heart rhythm, rate, and other measurements. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Google it.: The time spent to write that entire question, you could have googled "st. Luke's new york" and gotten their website and contact information. This is not a medical question. http://www.stlukeshospitalnyc.org/index.aspx. ...Read more
My d-dimer is a 426 & for my hospital it's 600 for it to be high is my number going 426 because it's a clot forming?
We All Make Clots: Numbers are numbers.They have to be contextualized, i.e. placed in perspective in relation to the specific situation,i.e. what's going on with you, i.e. what are your risk factors, i.e. your symptoms,your situation, your past history, i.e. how worried they may be, i.e. they did the test for a reason, i.e. with any doubt, repeat the damned test & look for trend or cut to the chase & make a decision ...Read more
Plz don't defeat purpose of this website by tellin me 2 ask my dr or surgeon. My ? is what does it mean when a stoma from Ileostomy turns black?
Usually ischemia: That usually means that the stoma has a reduced blood supply, causing what we term ischemia. It may only involve the lining of the stoma, which usually gets better on its own after the swelling goes down. If its the full thickness of the bowel wall, it may need revisional surgery. You should ask your surgeon as well. Hope this helps!. ...Read more
What is blue waffle disease? I saw a disturbing picture online of a vagina with blue waffle disease, but what is it and how is it caused?
Fracture Clinic.: Fracture clinics are often staffed by orthopedic surgerons ( & possibly other types of physicians). Physical therapists, occupational therapists, & nurses. The composition of the staff depends on the clinic. The clinic is dedicated to taking care of patient's with fractures. ...Read more
The patient : Is not abandoned. Many patients can have their surgeries shortened or interrupted. They are covered with sterile dressings, transferred to gurney and removed from the hospital as quickly as possible with oxygen, IV fluids, drugs in tow. We practice emergency evacuation from the OR couple times a year, along with fire drills. No one is left behind. ...Read more
Individual experienc: Because each person is unique, being hospitalized in a psychiatric facility would be a little different for each one. But generally the person would be in a protected space where a good evaluation of his/her difficulties could happen, and where an effective treatment plan could be developed. A team of psychiatrists, nurses, psychotherapists, social workers, aides, etc would care for the person. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoothing of joint.: Usually done thru a scope & using various types of equipment, the articular cartilages of the knee r smoothed to remove any of the damaged surface. The outcomes do not give u a new joint surface but do make u better. U have a damaged joint surface already so 2 preserve what u have left u will need activity modification so that u preserve what's left. It's an aid 2 treat ur pain, not a new surface. ...Read more
Lots of things: people who smoke smell like tobacco, and it gets on their clothes and other belongings as well. They may have tobacco stains on fingers, and tobacco smell on their breath and even in their hair. Very simple urine or blood tests show the presence of nicotine or its metabolite cotinine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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