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treatment

 [trēt´ment]
1. the management and care of a patient; see also care.
2. the combating of a disease or disorder; called also therapy.
Schematic of the treatment planning process using occupational therapy as an example. From Pedretti and Early, 2001.
active treatment treatment directed immediately to the cure of the disease or injury.
causal treatment treatment directed against the cause of a disease.
conservative treatment treatment designed to avoid radical medical therapeutic measures or operative procedures.
empiric treatment treatment by means that experience has proved to be beneficial.
expectant treatment treatment directed toward relief of untoward symptoms, leaving the cure of the disease to natural forces.
extraordinary treatment a type of treatment that is usually highly invasive and might be considered burdensome to the patient; the effort to decide what is extraordinary raises numerous ethical questions.
fever treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as management of a patient with hyperpyrexia caused by nonenvironmental factors. See also fever.
heat exposure treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as management of a patient overcome by heat due to excessive environmental heat exposure. See also heat stroke.
hypothermia treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as rewarming and surveillance of a patient whose core body temperature is below 35°C. See also hypothermia.
Kenny treatment a treatment formerly used for poliomyelitis, consisting of wrapping of the back and limbs in hot cloths, followed, after pain has subsided, by passive exercise and instruction of the patient in exercise of the muscles. It was named for Sister Elizabeth Kenny, an Australian nurse known for her care of polio patients during the first half of the 20th century.
neurodevelopmental treatment Bobath method.
palliative treatment supportive care.
preventive treatment prophylaxis.
t's and procedures in the omaha system, a term used at the first level of the intervention scheme defined as technical nursing activities directed toward preventing signs and symptoms, identifying risk factors and early signs and symptoms, and decreasing or alleviating signs and symptoms.
treatment and/or procedure a nursing intervention in the nursing minimum data set; action prescribed to cure, relieve, control, or prevent a client problem.
prophylactic treatment prophylaxis.
rape-trauma treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the provision of emotional and physical support immediately following a reported rape.
rational treatment that based upon knowledge of disease and the action of the remedies given.
refusal of treatment see under refusal.
root canal treatment root canal therapy.
specific treatment treatment particularly adapted to the special disease being treated.
substance use treatment in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as supportive care of patient/family members with physical and psychosocial problems associated with the use of alcohol or drugs. See also substance abuse.
substance use treatment: alcohol withdrawal in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the care of the patient experiencing sudden cessation of alcohol consumption. See also alcoholism.
substance use treatment: drug withdrawal in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as the care of a patient experiencing drug detoxification. See also substance abuse.
substance use treatment: overdose in the nursing interventions classification, a nursing intervention defined as monitoring, treatment, and emotional support of a patient who has ingested prescription or over-the-counter drugs beyond the therapeutic range. See also overdose.
supporting treatment (supportive treatment) supportive care.

em·pir·ic treat·ment

a treatment based on experience, usually without adequate data to support its use.

empiric treatment

See treatment.

em·pir·ic treat·ment

(em-pir'ik trēt'mĕnt)
Therapy based on practical experience, rather than theoretic postulates.

em·pir·ic treat·ment

(em-pir'ik trēt'mĕnt)
Therapy based on experience, usually without adequate data to support its use.
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Our study is a reflection of what happens in current clinical practice in an ED setting including adult women 18-65 years of age for whom UTI diagnoses and empiric therapy for UTI are often given even in the absence of any UTI-related symptoms and without a urine culture," Dr.
Although piperacillin-tazobactam remains the preferred choice for empiric treatment for most Gram-negative infections (GNIs), a high percentage of respondents prefer using carbapenems in empiric therapy, suggesting that these agents, typically reserved for later-line use, are increasingly being prescribed as frontline therapies.
These days, his preferred approach is what he calls "infection-specific" first-line therapy: Before treatment begins, he eliminates purely empiric therapy by employing a commercially available, nucleic-acid amplification test for gonorrhea and Chlamydia at the first encounter and getting the result in 30 minutes.
Patients admitted to the unit were started on empiric therapy when they presented with sepsis.
Blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid cultures were drawn, and empiric therapy with vancomycin, cefotaxime, and clindamycin was initiated.
With traditional 48-to-72 hour microbiology lab cycles from the time of blood draw, clinicians often start empiric therapy in advance of knowing the name of the pathogen or the susceptibility profile.
In univariate analysis, risk factors for death were signs of shock, multiorgan failure, or BSI and not receiving appropriate empiric therapy (Table 2).
When a bacterial infection is suspected, cultures are performed and empiric therapy is initiated well before the final identification and susceptibility results are back from the microbiology laboratory.
Antifungal therapy is seldom started as empiric therapy unless there is documented evidence of an invasive fungal infection.
23) The antibiotic used for empiric therapy will depend on the principles described above.
7,13] Unfortunately, when empiric therapy proceeds beyond dietary advice and involves the non-selective addition of medications, it is likely that few patients would agree to lifelong therapy without the clinician clearly demonstrating a defined laboratory abnormality.
Recently published guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America strongly advocate against empiric therapy directed at enterococci because of concerns about antimicrobial resistance (5).