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Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Why do old people in the icu go crazy?

Not just old people: Severe illness, sleep disturbances and sedative medications used in icu's can all contribute to delirium. It is a major dilemma for health care providers and research into the ideal sedative agents is ongoing. ...Read more

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Why would a 70-year-old man after: resection go to icu on a ventilator?

Why would a 70-year-old man after: resection go to icu on a ventilator?

Anesthesia effects: Elderly pts have many co-morbidities that impact anesthesia . If additionally a lung resection has occurred and the pt had marginal lung function . A trial of mechanical ventilation post-op in ICU care would not be unusual. The next key is to attempt early weaning from ventilator. ...Read more

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Why would he lose a lot of blood...Rectal bleeding? What are some things that would cause my 68 years old dad to be going to the bathroom one moment and then be in the icu from losing a lot of blood? He said that he had a lot of blood lost due to his rect

Why would he lose a lot of blood...Rectal bleeding? What are some things that would cause my 68 years old dad to be going to the bathroom one moment and then be in the icu from losing a lot of blood? He said that he had a lot of blood lost due to his rect

Hello. : Hello. I am sorry to hear about your dad. It is clear that you are really worried about him. If he is a chronic, heavy drinker that can be a risk factor for gastrointestinal bleeding. There are many areas that a person can bleed from: esophagus (rupture or erosions), stomach (ulcers or gastritis), as well as the small intestine, large intestine, rectum and anus (like hemmhroids). He could even have problems with his bleeding times from alcohol. Normally, the doctors will need to do studies to determine the cause of the bleeding. They may not have an answer right away, but would stabilize him in the meantime. Take care. ...Read more

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Our nanny is visiting a child in the icu, diagnosed with encephalitis 2 weeks now but without known cause. Could this be contagious to our 7 month old?

Our nanny is visiting a child in the icu, diagnosed with encephalitis 2 weeks now but without known cause. Could this be contagious to our 7 month old?

Unlikely: Most encephalitis is triggered by a variety of viruses that are often transmitted by insects or other means, not person to person..By 2 wks out & in a hospital environment, the caretakers & visitors all follow protocalls that are designed to avoid spread of the germ. ...Read more

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For child aged 5 years old in ICU with lung infection is Bp 130/69 normal ?

For child aged 5 years old in ICU with lung infection is Bp 130/69 normal ?

Blood pressure: is a little high, but not dangerously so, especially in light of critical illness. ...Read more

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How likely is an 87 yr. Old man to have a "code blue" in the icu due to carbon dioxide buildup in his lungs, even though he is hooked to a ventilator for breathing?

How likely is an 87 yr. Old man to have a "code blue" in the icu due to carbon dioxide buildup in his lungs, even though he is hooked to a ventilator for breathing?

Minimal Risk: If the patient is hooked up to a ventilator the great majority of the time the vent can breath for the patient and prevent carbon dioxide buildup from occurring. ...Read more

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I started having myoclonic seizures at 4 years old until 10 years old. Did not start having them again until age 36. I then had 3 seizures in one year of which 1 put me in icu with severe concussion and laceration to back of head. Am I considered an epile

I started having myoclonic seizures at 4 years old until 10 years old. Did not start having them again until age 36. I then had 3 seizures in one year of which 1 put me in icu with severe concussion and laceration to back of head. Am I considered an epile

Yes.: Across subtypes of childhood myoclonic epilepsy, many patients have an underlying genetic cause for their seizures. Despite advances in identifying causes of epilepsy, for most cases of infantile & early childhood myoclonic epilepsy, no clear etiology will be found despite an appropriate workup. Overall prognosis associated with myoclonic epilepsy in childhood depends on the underlying etiology. ...Read more

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AML 73 year old,done having chemo for 7 days,platelet is 17,000 WBC is 0.1,BP is 87/50 and he is having atrial fibrillation,now in ICU,can he recover?

AML 73 year old,done having chemo for 7 days,platelet is 17,000 WBC is 0.1,BP is 87/50 and he is having atrial fibrillation,now in ICU,can he recover?

Yes: depending upon his general health/cardiac status there are medications which can help with his blood counts until side effects of CHEMO are past.....his own INTERNAL STRENGTH is ALL IMPORTANT ..Those AROUND him can "help" with that! Good Luck Be well Hope this is helpful Dr Z ...Read more

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Does zerona work 4 old people?

Does zerona work 4 old people?

Doesn't on young: /in my opinion, it doesn't work on the young without diet and exercise either. ...Read more

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Why do old people lose their memories?

Why do old people lose their memories?

Different scenarios: Memory loss is an older person can have several causes. It can be drug induced, mini-strokes, dementias such as alheimers, and generalized brain atrophy. Sometimes memory loss can actually be depression or sleep deprivation. Only a thorough examination can rule out certain diagnosis and help find the cause. Memory loss is not a normal part of aging in a healthy brain. ...Read more

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