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Life Support

Life Support treatment at Hebbal, Bangalore

Various treatments are used to maintain your life until your body is able to take over again and allow you to lead a normal life. As the name implies, life support is a term that refers to the restoration of a malfunctioning body function or maintaining it.

It is possible that your healthcare providers may use life support until your body is able to resume normal functioning. It is important to understand that life support does not imply death. Even so, there are instances in which your body would not be able to function without it.

To make an informed decision when selecting a form of life support, you need to ensure that you have all the facts you need. You or your loved ones should be aware of the benefits and the responsibilities that the procedure will entail for them or you. Book an appointment at our multi-specialty hospital today.

The moment your body requires medical assistance, your healthcare provider will initiate the process as soon as possible. There is one important thing to keep in mind, however, and that is that life support will not be initiated if:

  • It is requested that they refrain from doing so in the future.

  • In a written statement, you have indicated that you do not wish to receive treatment.

  • A family member declines life support on your behalf.

There are no medical benefits associated with life support. In order for a therapy to be deemed effective, it must relieve pain, improve function, or improve quality of life in some way. 

In spite of this, a treatment of this nature could prove to be a burden, especially if it causes pain or prolongs the dying process in any way. There is no doubt that deciding to decline life support is a deeply personal decision.

Life Support Options

When one thinks of life support, it is likely that they conjure up images of devices such as heavy machines or breathing apparatus. Aside from mechanical ventilation, life support also refers to any kind of medical treatment that helps to support the health of your body, in addition to mechanical ventilation. There are several types of life support available.

Mechanical Ventilation

By using mechanical ventilation, one can augment or replace the function of the lungs by supplanting or replacing the function of the lungs. It is necessary to breathe through a breathing machine called a ventilator to force the air into your lungs. The ventilator is connected to a tube that is inserted through the mouth or nose and down into the airway of your body. This procedure is performed by intubating the patient as part of the intubation procedure. Visit our accident and emergency care hospital in hebbal, Bangalore.

Ventilation is often used for short-term medical conditions. Additionally, it is used when there is irreversible breathing failure for a prolonged period of time. There are several causes of this condition, including spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.

If you give mechanical ventilation to your ill loved one, you may only be delaying death until another body system fails. It is possible to provide oxygen, however, the underlying problem cannot be resolved.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

There are many similarities between extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and mechanical ventilation in terms of how they work. In spite of this, breathing machines are only able to move air into your lungs.

As far as ECMO is considered, it is not possible for them to directly add oxygen to your blood or remove carbon dioxide from your blood.

With ECMO, oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged directly between the patient and the machine, so that your lungs are no longer needed. In ECMO, blood is continuously removed from the body in order to maintain life. As your blood passes through the apparatus, oxygen is added to it and carbon dioxide is removed from it at the same time.  Thereafter, the blood is pumped back into the body by the circulatory system.

Kidney Dialysis

Dialysis is used in order to replace a kidney that has been damaged or is no longer functional. By using a special machine, harmful waste and excess fluid are removed from your blood during the course of the procedure. As a result, the blood is restored to a healthy balance, and the body can work normally again. Visit the nephrology hospital in Hebbal, Bangalore to know more about the treatments.

Despite many claims, dialysis does not cure kidney failure and does not affect the kidneys' underlying functions in any way. When you stop dialysis and your kidneys are not functioning, your kidneys will continue to fail. If you do not have a functioning kidney, you will not be able to live.

As a result, the burdens associated with dialysis are often insignificant in comparison to the improvements in the quality of life that patients experience. Nevertheless, for some people, the burdens associated with dialysis seem to outweigh the benefits, especially if they are suffering from a terminal illness at the same time.

Defibrillator with Automatic External Stimulation (AED)

The term defibrillator refers to a portable medical device that is used to treat specific types of cardiac arrest. You may suffer from cardiac arrest if your heart's rhythm fails to provide blood flow to your body. In order to determine whether your heart is beating too fast or abnormally, automated external defibrillator analyses the rhythm of your heart to detect either. In an AED, electrical impulses are delivered that are capable of restoring the rhythm of the heart.

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration

It is a method of supplementing or replacing normal eating and drinking with supplemental nutrition and hydration through the use of tubes. As part of this procedure, a chemically balanced combination of nutrients and fluids is injected into a tube that is inserted through your nose into your stomach, causing a chemical balance between the nutrients and fluids. The tube can also be inserted directly into the stomach of the patient. In certain situations, it may be necessary to administer nutrition intravenously when the normal function of your GI tract has been altered. This is known as total parenteral nutrition, or TPN, and is usually used when the function of your GI tract has been altered. Consult with emergency care doctors to know more about the treatments.

The life of a person can be saved by artificial nutrition and hydration until their body is able to heal itself. Tube feeding may be necessary for a long period of time when you have chronic or end-stage conditions. There might not be a treatment that can reverse the course of the disease itself or improve your quality of life in the long run.

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