Thursday, April 23, 2009

After reading thru Chap. 13

1.) Successful cardiac surgery relies not only on modern technological advances but the practiced skill of the surgeon. Cardiac surgeons often get this experience by working on animals. Dr. Nolen describes “the dog lab” at one hospital. What are your thoughts on using dogs (or other animals) for this type of training? What does Dr. Nolen think?

2.) Dr. Nolen describes the frustration of patients with tuberculosis whose disease takes a long time to respond to medication. TB patients can be quite contagious yet Dr. Nolen describes patients checking themselves out of the hospital. Do you think there should be regulations regarding the rights of people with infectious diseases to choose not to be in the hospital and/or not to choose to undergo a course of medication?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

After reading through Chap. 10

1.) Describe the composition and function of blood (check your textbook). Why is monitoring blood and blood pressure so crucial to maintaining a patient's course of treatment?
(see Chap 8 MOAS)

2.) What type of information is gained from an autopsy? An autopsy involves cutting open the patient and removing and studying several organs. Would you give permission to have a deceased family member autopsied by the medical staff? Why? Why not? (see Chap 9 MOAS)