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Post operative complications

The initial assessment of a post op patient consists of ABC’s. This includes assessing:

  • patent airway
  • rate and quality of respirations
  • Auscultation of lung fields…
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Anasarca - Definition, Pathophysiology, Pictures, Causes, Treatment

Anasarca Definition By definition, Anasarca is the gross and generalized edema of the body tissues with profound subcutaneous swelling. So, what is edema?

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Sepsis and septic shock


Sepsis: life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by dysregulated responses to infection

Septic shock: a subset of sepsis with profound abnormalities of circulation and cellular/metabolic dysfunction (a subset of distributive shock) 716 more words




Cancer: An uncontrolled prolifferation of mutated cells

Tumour:  Abnormal growth tissue that is capable of metastisisng to oter tissues

Neoplasm/ia: A new and abnormal growth of tissue, not always a mass. 1,693 more words


Reproductive problems

Ectopic pregnancy

This is when a fertilized ovum implants outside of the uterine cavity, most commonly in the Fallopian tubes. Decreased tubal peristalsis or tubal blockage can cause the zygote to implant before reaching the uterine cavity. 480 more words


Structures in the brain


Also known as grey matter and constitutes the largest volume of tissue in the brain. It is divided into the right and left hemispheres, and the surface is covered with fissures called sulci and convolutions called gyri these increase surface area and allow for greater numbers of neurons. 734 more words


Physical symptoms of palliative care

Palliative care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. 825 more words