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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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Are oxygen drops dangerous for old people?

Are oxygen drops dangerous for old people?

What are these?: Oxygen is a gas and does not occur in drop form. Are you talking about something other than oxygen? ...Read more

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Why do old people who are married look alike?

Why do old people who are married look alike?

Unknown: It does seem that way for many couples. I like to think that they do so much together such as eating the same foods, getting the same amount of sun exposure and sharing the joys and sorrows of married life plays some role. Not all couples end up looking similar but enough do so that many people remark on it. ...Read more

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What do I do to get old people to walk faster?

What do I do to get old people to walk faster?

You can't: Older people may suffer from arthritis, stuff joins, pains, etc. You can't make them walk faster if they're simply unable to do so. But you can work on yourself on being more patient with them. ...Read more

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Why do old people keep calling my son a mongoloid?

Why do old people keep calling my son a mongoloid?

Old world term: Quite a while back & before the chromosome defect was found in '60's, the the facial structure of down syndrome kids/adults, reminded folks of the features of mongolian race. Original scientific publications uses that terminology. It was well into the '70's before the descriptions began to change & the public began to use more modern descriptors. The important people in your kids life don't use it. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to know what to do to protect kidney in old people over (75) Thanks ?

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I want to know what to do to protect kidney in old people over (75)
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Taurine, Chelation: Taurine 1500 mg per day may improve renal function. Also, intravenous chelation therapy judiciously applied, will improve kidney function. Start with 500-1,000 mg per infusion, and gradually increase the dose based on glomerular filtration rate (GFR), creatinine, and Cystatin C. Avoid NSAIDs, which are nephrotoxic. ...Read more

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In h.S., an old textbook said risks when having children become more likely at 35. Is that still accurate? If so, why are old people having babies?

In h.S., an old textbook said risks when having children become more likely at 35. Is that still accurate? If so, why are old people having babies?

They want to: Risks of any pregnancy having an unexpected outcome (cleft lip, premi, illness) are 4%. At 35 the risk of a down syndrome birth adds 1%, and becomes more likely with advancing age. Given the little added risk and the joy of parenting, people make informed choices and live their lives to the fullest.At some point you may understand the idea. ...Read more

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I thank you could help old people in the world?

Elderly: Are often forgotten so I am happy to hear that you think we can help them. Younger folks are usually very good w/computers. Getting a younger person to ask questions on healthtap for older folks would be a great project. Peace and good health. ...Read more