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Choice of Foods for Consideration on Dialysis Diet

Choice of Foods for Consideration on Dialysis Diet Dialysis Diet Kidneys perform the function of urine formation and elimination of excess fluid, toxins and wastes from the body. In individuals with renal failure, the kidneys are underperforming or totally stopped functioning, by which excess water, electrolytes, toxins, and other wastes can get accumulated in the [...]

What to do before the visiting the patient on Home Healthcare

What to do before the visiting the patient on Home Healthcare Make sure you/the agency received the order for start of care, before admitting the patient. Call the patient a day in advance to schedule for the visit. If caregiver is planning to be available during the visit, calling the patient in advance would offer [...]

Lifestyle Measures for Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Lifestyle Measures for Individuals with Obstructive Sleep Apnea Pathophysiology of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Obstructive sleep apnea is a relatively more common type of sleep apnea, arising due to poorly functioning airway muscles in the throat. Appropriate tension in these muscles is needed to properly support anatomical structures in the throat, such as, the soft palate [...]

Side Effects of Using Escitalopram

Side Effects of Using Escitalopram General allergic reactions                                  Escitalopram use can result in general allergic reactions, such as, skin rashes, hives, and itching. Some patients can present with symptoms of severe allergic and anaphylactic response with escitalopram, such as, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, lips, throat, and tongue, with consequent difficulty breathing. Seek emergency medical [...]

Inflammation

Inflammation Pathophysiology of Inflammation Inflammation is the response of any living tissue to injury. Acute inflammation comprises of all the reactions that occur in the injured tissue within first few minutes to an hour of encountering an injury. This is caused by many immune and hormonal responses that result in the release of various mediators [...]

Complications of Recurrent Lupus Activation

Complications of Recurrent Lupus Activation Pathophysiology of Lupus Usually the immune system attacks the various bacteria, viruses, and other invading foreign micro-organisms that enter one’s body and help prevent serious illness. In individuals with history of autoimmune conditions, the immune system mistakenly & repeatedly attacks and damages one’s own body tissues and organs. Lupus is an [...]

Safety Instructions for Parkinson’s Patients

Safety Instructions for Parkinson’s Patients Driving Instructions for Parkinson’s Patients Driving promotes an individual’s personal freedom, control, and independence. Rigidity, sudden onset of episodes of freezing, and tremors in Parkinson’s patients can impair their ability for safe driving and increase risk for accidents. Slowed thought process in Parkinson’s patients can impair their ability to react [...]

Therapeutic Uses of Amitriptyline

Therapeutic Uses of Amitriptyline Major depression Amitriptyline increases the serotonin and noradrenaline concentrations and enhances their actions at the junction between nerve cells. This helps with contributing to increased alertness, enhanced memory & attention, and promotion of feelings of well-being, contentment, and happiness. This leads to relief from anxiety and control of depression symptoms. Bulimia [...]

How to administer insulin

How to administer insulin Mechanism of insulin action Insulin is a hormone naturally produced by the pancreas in your body. Insulin helps with shifting the glucose from the blood into the cells of body tissues. This helps with regulating the blood sugar levels. Also, glucose transported into the cells provides nutrition to the cells and [...]

Home Safety Measures for Alzheimer’s Patients

Home Safety Measures for Alzheimer’s Patients Avoid/limit the use of mirrors in patient’s room and restroom, as mirror images can be extremely confusing to an individual with Alzheimer’s. It is very common for an Alzheimer’s patient to interpret the image of self in the mirror as a different person and fearing a threat from this [...]