- Q Will I have the critical care nurse when I move to a regular room?
Joane Goodroe, NursingIn most hospitals, critical care nurses will stay in the critical care areas to take care of new patients requiring these services. These nurses have very special training, and it is important that they be available to critical patients. However, there... Full Answer
- Q What is parenteral nutrition?
Christie Korth, Nutrition & DieteticsParenteral nutrition (PN) is used when tradtional oral feeding methods are inappropriate or unachievable. PN is conducted by feeding a person intravenously, which allows the body to bypass food from the digestive system. The person is receives... Full Answer
- Q What is a physical therapist?
Dr. Edward Phillips, Physical TherapyPhysical therapists help restore abilities to people with health conditions or injuries affecting muscles, joints, bones, or nerves. Their expertise can be valuable if, for instance, you have suffered a lingering sprain or are recovering from a... Full Answer
- Q What is total parenteral nutrition?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmacyTotal parenteral nutrition (TPN), sometimes called intravenous, or IV feeding, is a sterile IV fluid that contains all of the nutritional elements that are needed by the patient. It is intended for people who are unable to absorb nutrients from the... Full Answer
- Q What is a healthcare proxy?
Dr. Mehmet Oz, CardiologyWe all have to die someday, but no one likes to talk about the possibility. Yet an end-of-life discussion can help you ensure your values will be respected when that time comes, and make the process a little less painful for your loved ones. In... Full Answer
- Q What are the advance directives for healthcare?
Dr. Katrina Bramstedt, Health EducationAn advance directive (also known as a living will) is a document in which you announce your personal values about life, health, healthcare, dying, suffering, and quality of life. In this document you can indicate the types of treatment you want as well... Full Answer