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How does hospital staff take care of a person in a prolonged coma?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
7 doctors agree

In brief: Many things

There are many goals of care to a person in a coma.
The first is to prevent complications like pneumonia, pressure sores, blood clots in the legs or arms, contractures of the joints and infections. This requires a knowledgable rehabilitation team. In addition there are medications that may hasten recovery from a coma.

In brief: Many things

There are many goals of care to a person in a coma.
The first is to prevent complications like pneumonia, pressure sores, blood clots in the legs or arms, contractures of the joints and infections. This requires a knowledgable rehabilitation team. In addition there are medications that may hasten recovery from a coma.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Jason Adler
Pediatrics - Critical Care
2 doctors agree

In brief: Requirements vary

Coma is an altered state of consciousness that can be acute or chronic, and reversible or irreversible.
The amount of supportive care required for a patient in a coma varies. Some patients require a 'respirator' with a temporary breathing tube in the trachea or a stable airway for longer term support (tracheostomy). Patients often require a feeding tube. Other means of support may also be needed.

In brief: Requirements vary

Coma is an altered state of consciousness that can be acute or chronic, and reversible or irreversible.
The amount of supportive care required for a patient in a coma varies. Some patients require a 'respirator' with a temporary breathing tube in the trachea or a stable airway for longer term support (tracheostomy). Patients often require a feeding tube. Other means of support may also be needed.
Dr. Jason Adler
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