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af·ter·care

(af'ter-kār),
1. The care and treatment of a patient after an operation, delivery, or convalescence from an illness.
2. Following psychiatric hospitalization, a continuing program of rehabilitation designed to reinforce the effects of the therapy; may include partial hospitalization, day hospital, or outpatient treatment.

aftercare

(ăf′tər-kâr′)
n.
1. Follow-up care provided after a medical procedure or treatment program.
2. Care provided to children after school, especially in an organized setting.

af′ter·care′ adj.

aftercare

Etymology: AS, aefter + caru
health care offered a patient after discharge from a hospital or another health care facility. The patient may require a certain amount of medical or nursing attention for a health problem that no longer demands inpatient status.

Aftercare

MedspeakUK The support or care that a person can expect to receive once discharged from inpatient care. Typically a discharge plan will be developed by the multidisciplinary team with the service user which will make clear what care and support will be provided.
Types of aftercare Admission for inpatient care, outpatient care, care by the patient's GP, AHP care, community care.
MedspeakUS A formal term for the usually informal counselling of a decedent’s survivors by friends and family.
Nursing Rehabilitation therapy provided to a patient after surgery or other treatment.
Psychiatry
(1) Posthospitalisation rehabilitation designed to reinforce the effects of in-patient psychiatric treatment, and help the patient adjust to the outside world.
(2) Post-loss/death support services to the bereaved or other traumatised individuals.
Sexology The process of attending to a sexual partner’s physical or emotional needs after an “energetic” BDSM session, which may require support, reassurance, and tenderness following the physical pain and in response to a range of emotions from euphoria to depression.
Surgery Postoperative care following major surgery, which involves monitoring of blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and temperature. Breathing is often shallow because of anaesthesia; the patient may be reluctant to breathe deeply and may have pain from an abdominal incision. In aftercare, the patient is shown how to support the operative site while breathing deeply and coughing, and is given pain medication as necessary. Fluid intake and output is measured, and the operative site is observed for colour and wound drainage. Fluids are given IV for 24–48 hours, until the patient's diet is gradually increased and bowel activity resumes. The patient is generally allowed to walk approximately 8 hours after surgery. The average hospital stay, dependent upon overall recovery status, ranges from 6 to 8 days.
Vox populiUS Child care that is provided after school.

af·ter·care

, after-care (aftĕr-kār)
1. The care and treatment of a patient after an operation, delivery, or convalescence from an illness.
2. Following psychiatric hospitalization, a continuing program of rehabilitation designed to reinforce the effects of the therapy; may include partial hospitalization, day hospital, or outpatient treatment.

af·ter·care

, after-care (aftĕr-kār)
Treatment of a patient after an operation procedure, delivery, or convalescence from an illness.

aftercare

the care and treatment of a convalescent patient, especially one that has undergone surgery.

Patient discussion about aftercare

Q. After Taxol/Carbo, then Alimta, treatments stopped because tumors no longer shrinking. Anything else to try? I was diagnosed with Stage 3 lung cancer about 6 months ago. Because of the weakness of my lungs due to advanced COPD, the Oncologist ruled out surgery & radiation so Chemo was the only alternative. I am now under Hospice care.

A. this is a question that the oncologist should answer...there are a lot of chemo treatments out there- but not always firring to the type of lung caner. but i'm sure he would suggest them...
look- there's some treatments in clinical trials. check them out maybe there'll be something for you. look under the topic "research":
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/lungcancer.html#cat27

Q. What benefits could I expect after using diet therapy in the treatment of children diagnosed with autism?

A. Agree with you and what you said, as well as what are your doing for this child that should prove to be beneficial,

Dan

Q. I am a little confused because the doctors will give her chemotherapy after surgery. Is this treatment good? My wife`s painful breast cancer was diagnosed last month. She was in complete distress and depression when she heard of her cancer. I was out of the country and so delayed her surgery. Today her surgery is over and the lump is removed. This is not a major surgery as we expected. But I am a little confused because the doctors will give her chemotherapy after surgery. I want to know, is this treatment good as I had heard that many side effects are involved with this treatment? I need some tips on this.

A. Yes side effects are there but it does not mean they will harm her in a big way. Mostly it depends on your present general health and previous exposure to other treatments as well. General side effects are nausea, fatigue, anemia, odor loss, hair loss and diarrhea. But to control spread of cancer after surgery, chemotherapy is required and don’t worry unnecessarily.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0cbABjilZQ&eurl=http://www.imedix.com/health_community/vr0cbABjilZQ_predictions_genetic_secrets_risk_illness?q=chemotherapy%20and%20si&feature=player_embedded

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And make sure the piercer provides appropriate after-care.