By R. Irhabar. University of Arkansas at Monticello.
A 37-year-old man arrives at your emergency center by ambulance shortly after being involved in a motor vehicle accident order 10mg doxepin fast delivery. The emergency medical technician (EMT) reports that the patient is hemody- namically stable with minimal external blood loss and no loss of consciousness. The EMT reports that the patient appears to be in moderate to severe respiratory distress; the patient has a respiratory rate of 40 breaths/min and an O2 saturation of 78% while receiving supplemental oxygen at a rate of 3 L/min by nasal cannula. On physical examination, you note a remarkable 15 cm right anterolateral chest con- tusion. The contused segment appears to move paradoxically with respect to respiration. The patient has clear bilateral breath sounds in the upper and lower regions of both lungs. Which of the following statements regarding flail chest injury is most accurate for this patient? In young, otherwise healthy patients, a large flail chest segment is not a life-threatening injury B. The most appropriate step to take next in treatment of this patient is to provide supplemental oxygen by 100% nonrebreathing mask to attain O2 saturations greater than 90% C. The most appropriate step to take next in the treatment of this patient is to provide positive pressure ventilation D. The most appropriate step to take next in the treatment of this patient is to order and evaluate a stat portable chest x-ray to rule out a tension pneumothorax Key Concept/Objective: To understand emergent therapy of flail chest segment with respiratory failure Flail chest is an acute process that may lead to life-threatening abnormalities of gas exchange and mechanical function. This patient is in acute respiratory failure as a result of the massive chest-wall trauma and resultant flail segment. Stability of the thoracic cage is necessary for the muscles of inspiration to inflate the lung. In flail chest, a local- ly compliant portion of the chest wall moves inward as the remainder of the thoracic 24 BOARD REVIEW cage expands during inhalation; the same portion then moves outward during exhala- tion. Consequently, tidal volume is diminished because the region of lung associated with the chest wall abnormality paradoxically increases its volume during exhalation and deflates during inhalation. The result is progressive hypoxemia and hypercapnia.
Chapter 1 Theory and Practice In this chapter I will introduce a theoretical structure that will help to explain the need for working with siblings of children with disabilities cheap 75mg doxepin with amex. This builds on the idea that disability within one family member affects the whole family to such an extent that the family may feel isolated from others, or different because of the impact of disability. The impact of disability, as I will demonstrate, often has an initially debilitating and, often, continuing consequence for the whole family; I refer to this as ‘disability by association’. The incidence of disability within families is reported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to exceed 300,000 children in England and Wales (http://www. It is estimated that within an average health authority of 500,000 people, 250 families are likely to have more than one child with disabilities. According to Atkinson and Crawford (1995), some 80 per cent of children with disabilities have non-disabled siblings. The research I carried out indicated that siblings who experience disabilities within their families are to varying degrees disabled by their social experience at school and with their peers. The sense of difference which disability imparts is partly explained by Wolfensberger (1998, p. For example, the image of Captain Hook, the pirate from J. Barrie’s Peter 11 12 / BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES Pan, puts a disabled person in a wicked role; the image of Richard III in Shakespeare’s play conveys badness associated with an individual whose twisted humped back was in reality a deformity invented by the Tudors to discredit his name. Not all disabled people will experience such an extreme sense of difference, but an element of ‘bad’ and ‘disabled’ may well be part of a stereotypical view of others: disability becomes, conse- quently, an undesirable social construct. Living with disability may make a family feel isolated and alone, especially if social encounters reinforce the view that a disabled person is somehow ‘not worthy’. Another family may acknowledge difference as a welcomed challenge, confirming individuality and a sense of being special, but the obstacles to overcome may be considerable. Unfortunately, the feeling of ‘image association’ in a negative sense will often pervade the whole family and, whatever way they accommodate negative perceptions, such experiences are not restricted to those with dis- abilities themselves. Devaluing experiences are common to other disad- vantaged groups, as Phillips (1998, p. Disability is one area of possible disadvantage; race, class and gender are others, none of which I would wish to diminish by concentrating on disability.
Which of the following statements regarding varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection is true? Primary varicella infection is communicable and can result in her- pes zoster infection in a contact B buy cheap doxepin 75 mg on line. Hospitalized patients with varicella or herpes zoster infection should be isolated to prevent spread of the virus to other susceptible persons C. There is no available medical therapy for herpes zoster eruptions D. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a herpes zoster eruption in the first branch of the trigeminal nerve Key Concept/Objective: To know the clinical concepts and features of VZV infection Herpes zoster results from the reactivation of VZV infection. Varicella in one patient cannot produce herpes zoster in another; however, persons who are exposed to patients who have herpes zoster can contract varicella. Thus, hospitalized patients with varicella or herpes zoster should be iso- lated to prevent spread of the virus to other susceptible persons. High-dose oral acy- clovir (800 mg five times daily for 7 days), when begun early, may shorten the course and reduce the severity of herpes zoster in otherwise healthy hosts. Oral valacyclovir (1 g three times daily) or famciclovir (500 mg three times daily) may also be used. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is an infection of the geniculate ganglion of the seventh cranial nerve that produces facial paralysis; vesicles on the eardrum and side of the tongue can also occur. A 22-year-old man presents to your clinic with complaints of fever, sore throat, marked fatigue, and myalgias. He denies having had contact with anyone who was sick, and he denies ever having unprotected sexual intercourse. He has had only one sexual partner, with whom he has been having sexual relations for sever- al months. His sore throat has been improving, and he denies hav- ing cough or sputum production.