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What's The Machine Called That Measures Your Vitals In The Hospital
EKG: It is called an electrocardiographic heart monitor. A print out from the machine is called an electrocardiogram and is abbreviated EKG or in modern medical lingo, more often a ecg. The beeping is generally set to be more noisy when the heart rate is irregular, to help warn clinical staff who may not be able to continually look at the monitors. ...Read more
Hello. Can you please tell me what the machine that measures heart rate and blood pressure in a hospital is called?
Call 911: Melatonin over the counter medication is used as sleep medicine besides several other conditions, with no scientific proof. Ld 50 lethal dose is not established, humans took as much as 6000 mg, you girl friend should be ok after stomach washing in er but need professional help (psychiatric) not to repeat again if her intension is suicide. ...Read more
No formula: Just ask! Most hospitals have breastfeeding initiatives and want to do whatever they can to promote breastfeeding. Not sure what you have heard, but no one at the hospital is looking to give the baby formula unless you request it. You can also request that a pacifier or "binky" not be given. ...Read more
What is it called when you stay in someone's home for short-term care after being in the hospital?
Not sure: Is it called " free boarding"? Not aware of what it is? Sorry. ...Read more
Please explain what do you call the bag of water beside your bed you're connected to when in hospital?
IV fluid: Most patients in the hospital will have an IV which is a very small tube that allows fluid and medication to be administered. The bag of water is usually either Normal Saline or lactated ringers- water with nutrients added ...Read more
What are the tests called to find out if have chlaymadia or gonnorhea? What do I say when I go to a hospital?
STD tests: If you are worried about sexually transmitted diseases, the best thing to do is to tell the doctor just what pt you are worried about, any symptoms you are having and they will order the correct tests. You do not have to know the name or what tests to order, it is not like going to a restaurant and picking tests from a menu. ...Read more
See below: Primarily to suction any secretions from the mouth/trachea to avoid aspiration and subsequent infection. ...Read more
Dock or bay: They are called ambulance docks or bays. Some other countries may have other special names for them. ...Read more
I'm just wondering, if you call 911, does the ambulance have to take you to the nearest hospital?
Depends: If extremely ill/injured, goes to closest hospital / trauma center. If specialty insurance (kaiser), tries to take to their facility if stable. Jurisdictions set rules on where/how far will transport patient so can get ambulance back in service, but w/in reason, most allow choice of hospital. Hospitals can go on ambulance diversion if their er overcrowded & unsafe to get more patients. ...Read more
Went for hsterscopoy on the 8 the hospital said they would send me the results to my home address got a call my gp has them is the results bad?
Unable to guess the answer to your question.
But I would assume your GP would like to discuss the results with you so you have a proper understanding of the results, and be able to answer any questions that you might have.
Nothing in your question suggests that the results are necessarily "bad" ...Read more
I've seen people take their family to the hospital cause of chest pains and wondered if it had been better to call 911, cause of all the medical equipm?
Yes: You should always call the hospital, if you are able, to let them know you are coming in and why. They will be able to have a room prepared for you and have your paperwork ready. If there are space issues it also gives them time to do some rearranging so that by the time you get there you don't have to wait. All good things! ...Read more
Release: You need to sign a "release" of information at your hospital in order to obtain copies of your medical records. ...Read more
I am not sure what: You asking, I think the nurses have to call the doctor for any thing related to your health care. ...Read more
Yes: There are systems in place for results of medical testing to be relayed to the patient in a confidential and prompt fashion. Speaking with the doctor about any abnormal test results would be beneficial to help determine any further recommendations. ...Read more
I want my doctor when admitted to hospital. How can I insist he call the shots? He knows me best.
You can't: Sorry. The system is changing. Many hospitals now have "hospitalist services" who take over when you're admitted. Even in hospitals using the older system, your doctor must necessarily be in an "on-call" schedule since he/she can't be available all the time. Electronic medical records make "hand-off" communications excellent though. I advise that you see your doctor in the office after discharge. ...Read more
My dad called me and said my grandma's lips are turning blue, and he took her to the hospital. What could be wrong with her?
Not sure: Is she cyanotic? There are just so many possible reasons - that guessing is not the best way to go. ...Read more
I got a phone call from a hospital that I might have measles because of a girl. I had all of my shots, I feel fine, and it's been two weeks am I safe?
I have black stringy stool. I called local hospital asking them if it was an emergency. She said I cant give medical advice and hung up. What do I do?
My 5 1/2 month old has a temp of 100.04 should I call her doc or go to the hospital or I've her medicine?
What other sx?: Fever @ a 100.04 level is common in infants & toddlers with a wide variety of minor and some significant illnesses. I find tylenol (acetaminophen) can give comfort & take a degree off a temp, but any resolution will be the illness going thru its cycles. If baby is playing some & taking fluids well enough to wet every 6hrs, u may be able to ride this out at home. If quiet, taking poorly etc. Call in & or see the dr. ...Read more
If the patient is on a ventilation machine, can the hospital pull the plug without the family/friends consent?
Depends: If the patient has given an "advanced directive" the hosptial and physicians are obligated to adhere to the patients wishes even if this is against the wishes of the family or friends. ...Read more
Had a phone call for an appointment with a pediatric hematologist at sheffields children hospital, will any tests be performed on this day?
Hard to say: I would need much more information about your medical conditions and what this specific appointment is for. At most, blood tests will be done, anything more invasive will likely be scheduled at a follow-up visit. Call the clinic and ask to be sure! ...Read more
My son had a fall on this butt and he fainted. Ambulance was called in. They check his movement and is ok. Never go hospital. Does he need x-ray?
What do you suggest if my father called me and said my grandma's lips are turning blue, and he took her to the hospital. Do you know what's wrong?
Blue lips are often a sign of insufficient oxygen in the blood. There a a myriad of such causes from lung disorders, cardiac conditions or even low blood pressure.
The blue if often called "cyanosis' (condition of "blue") and it often needs immediate hospital attention. The necessary tests will be done in any qualified hospital to determine cause and effective treatments. ...Read more
HR was 120 at 10 am today. Went to hospital, it was 103 on bp machine. Then ecg done and it was 78 on that but said "borderline ecg" meaning?? Help
Heart rate: 78 is normal heart rate for rest, however ecg machine did not read it borderline because of that. If you consult me I can read it for you if you have the copy, however you can also ask your doc.. ...Read more
For a kid who normally sats at 97-100 overnite, what saturation level should I call the doc? We just left hospital post status asthmaticus today. : (
Given the recent...: Care provided for asthma exacerbation, and particularly if still on steroids and/or albuterol, its reasonable to maintain a higher degree of vigilance. I generally use a cutoff of 92% o2 sat. That being said, I try to treat patients, not numbers. Parental concern, or physical exam findings like wheezing, flaring, retractions and tachypnea reflect respiratory distress and should prompt an eval. ...Read more
Hospital gave me a script for Zantac (ranitidine) today and told me to call the gastro Monday for an appt. Should I be worried? Gastritis symptoms, should I worry?
Gastritis is common: Gastritis is common, but certain serious underlying problems such as malignancy need to be ruled out if it does not respond to therapy. You are 31 and so this is very low likelihood. GI doc may opt to treat and see how you respond before intervening (depending on your exam and complete history).Avoid nsaids until cleared by your physicians. Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/176595-treatment ...Read more
How soon does the body become "cool" to the touch? My friend's father died after a few months in the hospital. He was just moved to a rehab place and he expired within 12 hours of being transferred there. My friend called the rehab place at 8:30 am and w
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