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When is an albumin infusion necessary?

When is an albumin infusion necessary?

Rarely: There are other ways to build up blood volume. Albumin does not last very long. It is usually given when other types of infusion have already been done. ...Read more

Dr. Raj Singh
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Albumin (Definition)

Albumins are proteins which dissolve in water and are not covered with chains of sugars. The most common is serum albumin. These molecules transport other molecules which don't dissolve in water very well. But its main function is to regulate the amount of water in the blood. Another type of Albumin is the ...Read more


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Hi. My iron level is 3.2 . Wouls supplements be enough or is an infusion necessary?

Hi. My iron level is 3.2 . Wouls supplements be enough or is an infusion necessary?

Depends: Oral supplements are usually enough. However, if you are not absorbing iron efficiently or you have excessive losses, each month, you may need an infusion. What is your hemoglobin? If it is above 8-10 gm, you should give oral supplements a try. Take multivitamins also. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

What is an aquapheresis catheter for or why is it needed?

Aquapheresis: To remove excess salt & water from the body, in patients with fluid overload, such as in heart failure, liver cirrhosis & some kidney diseases. ...Read more

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Why is a patient not anesthetized during an angioplasty?

Why is a patient not anesthetized during an angioplasty?

Patient Safety: When people are asleep they cannot feel & help protect themselves from injury, sometimes severe. Given that angioplasty does not involve open wounds & once in the artery, discomfort is typically minor, it is much safer for people to be awake, aware of what is going on, in a position to help protect themselves & speak up. For this reason, i long have used very minimal to no sedation - safer for pt. ...Read more

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Is an IV necessary for safety during a lumbar sympathetic block?

Is an IV necessary for safety during a lumbar sympathetic block?

Yes: IV during invasive procedures is necessary for administration of sedation if needed, or in case of blood pressure changes, administration of fluids or medications. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more

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What is an icp monitor and where is it used?

What is an icp monitor and where is it used?

ICP monitoring: It stand for intracranial pressure monitor. And it's used when it's important for the patient's treatment such as post-op neurosurgery, after a brain trauma, aneurysm rupture, large stroke, meningitis, brain swelling of any other cause, etc. It's an invasive method so it should be used only when the information is extremely important and for short period of time. ...Read more

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After an aspiration episode, why is it necessary for the person to drink thickened water?

After an aspiration episode, why is it necessary for the person to drink thickened water?

Aspiration: Usually recommendations are based on a bedside swallow evaluation in which the patient is challenged with food and liquids with different consistencies. The recommendation for thickened liquids, nectar or honey thick are made according to the test performed by a speech and swallow specialist and reflect an impaired swallow reflex for regular liquids. ...Read more

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What is an autologous bone marrow transplant and when is it used?

What is an autologous bone marrow transplant and when is it used?

High dose chemo: This is a treatment that uses very high doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation to treat cancers. The doses are so high that the normal bone marrow is destroyed. The patient's own bone marrow or stem cells are then reinfused to allow the bone marrow to recover. It is used for certain cancers and some autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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When having blood drawn in the er, is it necessary to hook up the IV port and inject saline if you don't require constant medication?

When having blood drawn in the er, is it necessary to hook up the IV port and inject saline if you don't require constant medication?

Let me explain: Just for blood draw you do not need this but because you are in the er they may need to IV access this why they keep open in case you need it. ...Read more

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Is it the STANDARD practice not to administer Vitamin K 1 mg by IV in a nil by mouth pt if an IM or s/c route is available owing to the risk of anaphylasis especially if there is no emergency or anticoagulent use?

Is it the STANDARD practice not to administer Vitamin K 1 mg by IV in a nil by mouth pt if an IM or s/c route is available owing to the risk of anaphylasis especially if there is no emergency or anticoagulent use?

Oral always safer: Not sure I correctly understand, esp. "a nil" IM &/or SQ routes of any agent nearly always have highest incidence of anaphylaxis response because response in not just chemical/immunological but also powerfully emotional. Oral, less so IV routes, typically have lower anaphylaxis event rates. The Immune system is an extension of autonomic system yet control too complex for current understanding. ...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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What route if often used if a patient is vomiting -- parenteral administration?

What route if often used if a patient is vomiting -- parenteral administration?

Clarify?: Unsure of question. If your asking what drugs can be given parenterally (iv or subcutaneous) for nausea and vomiting, it would include zofran, compazine, reglan, (metoclopramide) phenegan and others. ...Read more

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Why is an modified allen's test performed when drawing arterial blood gas?

Why is an modified allen's test performed when drawing arterial blood gas?

To avoid ischemia: Allen test is done to ensure that dual arterial blood supply to the hand is intact. If both and radial and ulner arteries are not intact and if the remaining artery is damaged it could disable the hand, therefore allen test is essential to ensure adequate blood supply to the hand in case of injury to the artery from which blood may be drawn. ...Read more

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When is surgery needed for an appendicolith?

When is surgery needed for an appendicolith?

appendicitis: Appendicolith is a a calcified deposit within the appendix. In the past, appendectomy was recommended for such patients, however more recently, prophylactic appendectomy has been controversial, in one study, most asymptomatic children did not develop appendicitis. One would consider that appendicoliths may be a risk markers for appendicitis but does not necessarily warrant prophylactic removal. ...Read more

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Can a diabetic patient be given an ACE inhibitor if her serum creatinine is > 2.5?

Can a diabetic patient be given an ACE inhibitor if her serum creatinine is > 2.5?

Yes, carefully: Part of the management of chronic kidney disease is blockingthe aldosterone hormone pathway. The hormone increases blood pressure and does other bad stuff that my nephrology colleagues can better elaborate :-) creatinine is a reflection of how well your kidneys are filtering, and although an ace can increase that a little bit, the benefits of blocking the hormone are far greater. ...Read more

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Is a blood transfusion required when having a total knee replacement?

Is a blood transfusion required when having a total knee replacement?

Rarely: A vast majority of knee replacement surgeries can safely be performed without the need for blood transfusion. Many surgeons employ a peri-operative patient blood management system that addresses the concern about transfusions prior to, during and after surgery. ...Read more

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When is an insulin pump required?

When is an insulin pump required?

Seldom: Required? Can't think of any situation where a pump is required. A pump may help someone achieve tighter glucose control, including pregnant women, people who need very small doses, people whose activities and schedule changes day-to-day, or people whose basal Insulin requirement varies through the day. Willingness to learn carb counting and to check frequently are key to getting better results. ...Read more

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What is an immunoglobulin injection used for after abortions?

What is an immunoglobulin injection used for after abortions?

Rho (D) immune globulin: suppresses immune response of Rh negative patients to Rh positive RBCs, to avoid complications in the following pregnancy if the baby is Rh positive ...Read more

Infusion (Definition)

An infusion implies a substance administered via IV 2 a person, such as blood (transfusion), antibiotics and pain meds or other meds. Some can be ...Read more