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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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It should also be noted that the importance of obtaining culture and gram stain of infected tissue prior to the initiation of empiric treatment cannot be overemphasized.
Nearly 60% of the respondents still initiate empiric treatment with amoxicillin.
Empiric treatment with corticosteroids should be avoided in patients who present with vulvar symptoms such as burning, itching, pain, and dyspareunia according to one researcher who specializes in the subject area.
Empiric treatment is discouraged to avoid the development of antibiotic resistence.
Hydroxocobalamin for Empiric Treatment of Smoke Inhalation-Associated Cyanide Poisoning: Results of a Prospective Study in the Prehosptial Setting" poster presentation presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians 2005 Research Forum.
Timely consideration of the diagnosis and empiric treatment with doxycycline are the best that can be achieved in most settings in Mexico, the United States, or elsewhere.
Cefepime is not known to cause neutropenia and is indicated as monotherapy for empiric treatment of febrile neutropenic patients.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most important cause of acute otitis media, but these organisms have become resistant to several drugs, which complicates empiric treatment decisions and results in treatment failures.
The researchers concluded that "phenotypic resistance testing results in improved treatment success and reduced total healthcare costs compared with empiric treatment for patients who have previously failed a protease inhibitor-containing HAART regimen.
With respect to clinical management of suspected necrotizing fasciitis, "in areas of high prevalence [of MRSA], do not wait for cultures before beginning empiric treatment with antibiotic therapy that is effective against MRSA," Dr.
The intervention strategy integrated a policy of empiric treatment based on clinical data and viral testing with a public health surveillance approach, including daily review of all viral test results from the Polyclinic and reports of influenza in the community.
Clinical deterioration was observed in spite of empiric treatment with antibiotics.