Tutor profile: Brittany B.
Subject: Health and Medicine
What is the difference between hospice and palliative medicine for an adult patient?
Palliative medicine can be utilized by any patient suffering from a debilitating chronic disease at any point in their life as its focus is on symptom management and helping the patient to live well despite their illness, the treatment for that illness, and the symptoms related to their disease. Hospice is designated for patients whose life expectancy is 6 months or less and is usually initiated when, especially with regard to cancer patients, curative or disease-specific therapy is no longer being pursued.
What makes up the CURB-65 score for determining whether a patient with pneumonia is sick enough to justify being admitted to the hospital?
C = confusion U = uremia (BUN > 19) R = respiratory rate >/= 30 B = blood pressure (SBP < 90, DBP < 60) 65 = Age >/= 65 A score of 2+ indicates that admission to the hospital is reasonable/recommended due to increased risk of mortality from the infection.
Humans are part of a group of animals known as deuterostomes. What does this mean?
This means that during embryonic development, the opening at the end of the gastrointestinal tract, or the rectum, is the first opening that forms, before the opening that will eventually become the mouth.
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