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How do they make sure someone has really died before declaring them dead?

You are correct that this happens. It is infrequent (there are not "many", as you say, compared to true deaths), but it occasionally happens that someone - even in a hospital - is thought to be dead ...
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Why do surgeons wear blue aprons during surgeries?

Initially surgeons did wear white in the operating theater, but there were two large problems with this. Firstly, under the bright lights, the white reflects too much light making an inordinate amount ...
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patient in traumatic cardiac arrest - trauma centre diversion

The reasons can be found in the training of Hong Kong paramedics. Their training is roughly comparable to the EMT-Intermediate level in the US. According to the Hong Kong Fire Service, which provides ...
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How do they make sure someone has really died before declaring them dead?

Disclaimer anongoodnurse has provided an excellent answer mostly based on the U.S. I will focus on Germany and European countries to provide you with a broader view of the topic. If you ...
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Possibilities after stage IV melanoma diagnosis

If you're searching for treatments that are not currently main stream, you need to look on https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/results?term=melanoma+and+spain&Search=Search to see if there's a trial in ...
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What's a patient's 'journey' (yuck) through A&E?

As mentioned above, there are MANY different clinical flows in the ED. But very grossly generalized, for the majority of walk-in cases to EDs (at least in the US) the flow might go: registration ...
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What's a patient's 'journey' (yuck) through A&E?

I suggest you get your employer to arrange for you to spend a few days observing in an actual A&E. You will be able to see the answers to these questions, the actual words the doctors and nurses ...
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Who can release my medical records if I'm temporarily disabled?

If you are in the US, doctors can access your medical records in an emergency in order to render appropriate care: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule ...
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In the UK, what's the difference between Nurse Assistants and Healthcare Assistants?

According to the NHS website (Health Careers) The job titles, Nursing Assistants and Health Care Assistants seem to be interchangeable with each other and other job titles such as Nursing Auxiliaries ...
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Are there any recommended or prescribed time limits for ambulance to reach a juvenile patient in case of emergency?

The UK national standard sets out that all ambulance trusts must respond to: Category 1 calls (life-threatening injuries and illnesses) in 7 minutes on average. Category 2 calls (other emergency) in ...
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Does COVID 19 hospitalization really helps? or not at all?

There are many diseases that can't be cured, but can be kept from being lethal by supportive interventions. At its most basic level this may simply be providing a patient with shelter, food, and water ...
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Why are dermatologists working on coronavirus cases?

https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help Governor Cuomo is calling on health care professionals, schools of public health or medicine and PPE products providers and ...
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Why aren't we sterilizing N95 masks?

Some hospitals are sanitizing (not sterilizing) their N95 respirators (not masks) already. Coronavirus Update: Massive N95 Mask Sterilizing Machines Now Running on Long Island Doylestown Hospital ...
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Why aren't we sterilizing N95 masks?

Dr. Peter Tsai, the INVENTOR of the filtration fabric in the N95 mask. N95 masks are made of polypropylene material and are designed to tightly fit over your face with little leakage around the edge ...
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Why aren't we sterilizing N95 masks?

Some hospitals are experimenting with using UV light to decontaminate respirator masks that are to be reused: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/20/health/coronavirus-masks-reuse.html EDIT To follow ...
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What is a sentinel hospital?

Sentinel Surveillance A sentinel surveillance system is used when high-quality data are needed about a particular disease that cannot be obtained through a passive system. Selected reporting units, ...
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Are there any recommended or prescribed time limits for ambulance to reach a juvenile patient in case of emergency?

In this report "Ambulance Care Europe" 1 in table 3.5 there is an emergency level and response times comparison between several EU countries. Showing a response time for emergencies in some countries ...
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Choice of foods and proportions for vegans

I've found 2019 Canada's Dietary Guidelines - full version for professionals (easy to read, references to scientific evidence). Recommended intakes for macronutrients in a 2,000 Calorie/day diet: (...
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How do they make sure someone has really died before declaring them dead?

Through the collective experience of observing millions of deaths, we have arrived at the following indicators of irrecoverable death, each one a more final proof than the previous: Respiratory ...
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Are there any significant benefits to loud alarms in the ICU?

In my experience with one brand of monitors we tend to set multiple levels of severity of alarms at different volumes. The third tier alarms will be quite quiet and usually reflect a problem with ...
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