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artificial ventilation

Overview page. Subjects: Medicine and Health.

The body requires a certain volume of air to be inhaled and exhaled to maintain the correct levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the tissues. Tissue damage, which leads ...

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brain death

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The absence of functional brain activity. This is now the standard test for death. A series of tests have to be performed twice before a diagnosis can be given.

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cardiac arrest

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The cessation of effective pumping action of the heart. This may be because the heart stops beating altogether (asystole), because there is normal electrical activity without mechanical...

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drowning: clinical aspects

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When victims of immersion die, it is not usually because of inhaling water. Rather, most have swallowed copious amounts of water, which exacerbates the effects of immersion hypothermia....

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euthanasia

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Literally, a gentle, easy death. In modern usage, the means of achieving a gentle and easy death, with an implied suggestion that this can be facilitated by medical means.

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funeral practices: British customs

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Funerary practices are observed in every culture when a dead body is to be disposed of. In times of exigency such as war, disaster, pestilence, or in cases of violent ...

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hypothermia

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Lowering of core body temperature to below 35°C as a result of exposure to extreme cold, causing rapid, progressive mental and physical collapse. See also windchill.

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life-support

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Given that the heart is beating, and that metabolic processes in the body organs and tissues are intact, continuation of life depends on there also being effective exchanges with the ...

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shock

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The clinical condition associated with circulatory collapse that can be caused by blood loss, bacteraemia, anaphylaxis, or emotional stress. See acute respiratory distress syndrome (septic...

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vegetative state

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The noninfective state during which a phage genome multiplies actively and controls the synthesis by the host of the materials necessary for the production of infective particles.

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