What to do if a friend or a love one is in a coma?

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Does talking to coma patients help?

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Postering

What does it mean when a patient is posturing?

Decerebrate posture is an abnormal body posture that involves the arms and legs being held straight out, the toes being pointed downward, and the head and neck being arched backward. The muscles are tightened and held rigidly. This type of posturing usually means there has been severe damage to the brain

What are the signs of improvement?

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How can you help with recovery?

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First talk to the patient's doctor

A body is made to be mobile and if your friend or love one is laid up for an extended period of time someone should move their moveable parts (arms, legs, fingers, etc.) around so that they don't become stiff.

Do not attempt to do anything until the doctor says it's okay.

You want to be gentle don't attempt to do any big stretchs just slightly move what you can a few times only to keep them from being stiff.

What exactly is a coma?

A coma is a state of prolonged unconsciousness that can be caused by a variety of problems traumatic head injury, stroke, brain tumor, drug or alcohol intoxication, or even an underlying illness, such as diabetes or an infection. A coma is a medical emergency. Swift action is needed to preserve life and brain function. Doctors normally order a battery of blood tests and a brain CT scan to try to determine what's causing the coma so that proper treatment can begin.

A coma seldom lasts longer than several weeks. People who are unconscious for a longer period of time may transition to a persistent vegetative state. Depending on the cause of a coma, people who are in a persistent vegetative state for more than one year are extremely unlikely to awaken.

Can you hear when you are in a coma?

When people are in comas, they are unconscious and cannot communicate with their environment. They cannot speak and their eyes are closed. They look as if they are asleep. However, the brain of a coma patient may continue to work

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