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644 wordsAmputation is a surgery to remove a limb or part of a limb. Amputation can also happen as an accident, which is called a traumatic amputation. Who is a candidate for the procedure? Amputation is most often used for one of four conditions: . gangrene, which is a severe limb infection with death of tissue. lack of enough blood flow through the arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the affected limb. severe trauma or injury of a limb. cancer or a tumor involving a limb Amputation has serious emo...
779 wordsInfant Circumcision: Can they really feel it? As an American living in the twentieth century, I can state with certainty that one of the biggest things we pride ourselves on is our technological superiority and advances in healthcare. That is why I was so shocked to learn that most infants who receive circumcisions in the United States go under the knife with no anesthesia of any kind. The explanation for this, although archaic, is understandable from a medical standpoint. The main reason that i...
Migraine Headaches Causes And Effects
661 wordsAll of us suffer from an occasional headache; in fact, 20 million Americans see their doctors each year because of headaches. Headaches are also the leading cause for missing school and work in this country. There are many different types of headaches ranging from just ordinary pain, to pain associated with a disorder or serious medical condition. I'd like to discuss the worst type of headache. The type of headache I'd like to discuss, the Migraine, although intense in its pain, is not associate...
1,068 wordsHow to Treat a Burn Burns are classified in three categories according to their severity. First-Degree Burns affect the outer layer of the skin, first-degree burns cause pain, redness, and swelling. They usually do not require medical attention. Second-Degree Burns affect both the outer and underlying layer of the skin, causing pain, redness, swelling, and blistering. Third-Degree Burns Severe tissue damage is evident involving the skin, fatty tissue, nerves, and other tissues deep below the sur...
1,614 wordsRheumatoid Arthritis a Debilitating Disease It began seven years ago when Sandra woke up and was getting out bed. She went to stand up and she felt this severe pain in both of her feet. When she looked at her feet they were swollen and bluish red and warm to the touch. She could not understand what was happening. At first she thought she might have frozen her feet. But as time went by she started to get lumps on the bottom of her feet so she went to see the doctor. The doctor did some tests and ...
1,164 wordsThe Sound of Silence I have attended to many deaths in my short career as a nurse. I guess that is the hardest part of geriatric nursing. I remember one man in particular, Joe. He was a veteran of World War II, and a retired mechanic. He was nearly 90 when I met him. His beloved wife of 45 years, Sara, had died only months earlier. He was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). In this disease, the lungs lose their elasticity and begin to fill up with fluid. Eventually, a pe...
Marijuana For Medical Purposes
542 wordsThe debate of the benefits of medical marijuana has become a worldwide issue. The United States, Canada, England, and Australia have on going clinical trials exploring the possible medical uses and benefits of marijuana. Does marijuana have significant medical uses and could it be beneficial, for those patients suffering from chronic pain and disease, if legalized for medical purpose? Marijuana has an extensive history of medical and practical uses, but also wide spread abuse. In China nearly 50...
2,210 wordsCase Back Pain Page 1 Case Scenario: EM is a 74 year old woman admitted into the hospital with a complaint of back pain. She states that she is unable to sit for extended periods of time. During her bouts of pain, her blood pressure rises substantially. She is a telemetry patient on the floor and is on bed rest. The patient has a history of Crohn's Disease and in 1997 underwent a sigmoid colon resection. She also has a history of diverticulitis and COPD. Her final diagnosis consists of back pain...
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