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Death and Dying

Death is referred to as the cessation of the biological functions that support a living organism. Death is an inevitable occurrence but can be hastened or prolonged due to certain lifestyle choices such as eating habits, drug/alcohol abuse, physical activity, and certain medications. Some causes of death can be inherited such as diseases and other health issues. Death can occur naturally, by accident, and intentionally. Infectious diseases are the most common cause of death. Some of these are tuberculosis, malaria, and AIDS. These specific diseases cause approximately more than 300 million illnesses a year and more than 5 million deaths each year.

In other countries lack of sanitary living conditions and limited or no access to modern medical technology and medications heighten the results of death from infectious diseases. Other health concerns that can cause death are tobacco use, malnutrition, bad eating habits, and lack of physical activity. In many cases after a death an autopsy is performed. This is an examination of a human corpse in an effort to determine such things as cause of death and to evaluate if any disease or injury is present. This is very beneficial in unexplained deaths and deaths in which the circumstances are suspicious as in murder and suicide.

Dying is a process of death in which your body is shutting down and you are reaching a state in which biological functions are going to cease. Dying is a natural part of our society and is sometimes known by the person that they are dying but can also be unexpected. Dying sometimes involves a grieving process by the person dying and by family members and friends. This process includes denial/shock (usually at the beginning stages where you have difficulty accepting your own or a loved one’s death), anger (the second stage when you are asking questions like “why me”, or “why this person” and can sometimes displace your anger on others), bargaining (the third stage where you or a loved one vows to give something up in exchange for the dying persons health), guilt ( fourth stage of death; finding guilt in things you did or didn’t do in life), depression (the fifth stage of death where you have feelings of isolation, and mood fluctuations), and acceptance(final stage where you accept death and have dealt with it, but does not always mean happiness).

Death and dying is something we all will face in our lives. Dealing with it can be very difficult and sometimes the comfort of others such as a family member, friend, and a clergyman i.e. priest, reverend, or minister can help to cope with the process whether you or someone you love is dying. Talking sounds simple but sometimes it is hard in these circumstances.

Diabetes Skin Care

Millions of people have been diagnosed with Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 and Type 2. The Medical Academy encourages patients to properly care for their skin and to monitor for any changes in the condition of their skin.

Because the diabetes damages blood vessels and the nerves, causing the blood flow to be diminished and causes the patient to have decrease in pain sensation. If the patient is unable to feel any pain when they develop a sore, especially a place that is difficult to view, for example the bottom of the foot in between the toes. It may have devastating consequences.

Remember after bathing dry between the toes very thoroughly, if you need to get a mirror to view the bottom of the feet, then do so. You can also have a family member to help check the feet for any signs of sores or any area that is taking a long time to heal. Follow-up with your physician for any concerns you may be having. Apply lotions that do not contain large amounts of perfume. Keep follow up appointments with the doctor to help keep your blood sugars in control.

Amiodarone Medicine

The medication Amiodarone is an excellent choice for patients who are in persistent ventricular fibrillation. The science and research shows a better conversion rate when used post defibrillation as opposed to using Novocaine or Magnesium Sulfate. Getting Doctors to use or believe in the use of Amiodarone is the greatest challenge we face as EMS educators.

The American College of Surgeons has compiled massive amounts of data indicating the use of Amiodarone for surgery. The surgeons long understood the benefits of the cardiac medication when helping a patient through anesthesia. The recovery period is even shorter for the patient as opposed to conventional medicine. As educators, we must help move the tide in order to convert those who say no to progress. It is our goal to help each and every Medical Doctor to be the very best practitioner in their field of medicine.