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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.

extraordinary treatment

Heroic treatment 'Treatment or care that does not offer a reasonable hope or benefit to the Pt, or which cannot be accomplished without excessive pain, expense, or other great burden; ET is an ethical determination about rendering care depending upon the Pt's condition and prognosis.'
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In its reason for disallowing extraordinary treatment, EITF explained that "it would be impossible to isolate and therefore distinguish (in a consistent way) the effects of the September 11 events .
The extraordinary treatment can help leg and diabetic ulcers and prevent surgery or amputation.
SFAS 141 provides an exception to the extraordinary treatment when a business combination involves contingent consideration that, if paid, would be recorded as an additional element of the cost of the acquired entity (e.
Sometimes by asking the narrow question, we miss the opportunity to reach achievable goals, such as making people comfortable for what time they have left rather than hurting them with extraordinary treatments.
The author said his experience is just the opposite--the doctors are those most likely to put limitations on extraordinary treatments when it becomes clear that the patient has no hope at all.
KEVIN WILDES has argued in a recent note that the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary treatments involves judgments about quality of life, that some recent statements by Roman Catholic bishops have failed to see this, and that, as a result, their judgments about feeding and hydrating patients in a persistent vegetative state have been flawed.
The basic distinction between ordinary and extraordinary treatments is nicely expressed by Wildes in a summary statement: "A treatment is morally obligatory if and only if it offers a benefit and does not impose burden.

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