Are You Afraid of Medical Devices?

To be honest, I was one of the few people who are afraid of medical devices attached to my body. Installation of medical devices on the body is also one thing that makes the patient afraid, despite the fact that it is aiming for his own good. Moreover, if we see patients in critical condition fitted with many medical devices embedded in the body such as infusion, respiratory assist devices and heart recording equipment, hmm .. would be so horrible. Here are some medical devices that typically looks complicated and scary to behold.

The first is the Tracheal Tube or often referred to as Endo Tracheal Tube. It is a kind of hose that is placed through the mouth mounted to the upper respiratory tract (trachea) that is useful to assist the patient's respiratory process, by plugging it to the oxygen pump(this tool also emits a terrible sound). As well as Nasogastric Tube (also known as Nasogastric Intubation), a tube that is placed through the nose to the stomach which is useful for reducing the pressure in the abdomen by removing the contents of the stomach through a tube. In patients who are difficult to swallow, Nasogastric Tube is also used to drain the solid food ingredients that can be entered directly into the stomach.

One of the medical instrument that is often found in hospitals is a Catheter, which is used to help drain the urine in patients and also used to calculate the volume. This tool is made of elastic material that is inserted through the urinary tract, it is also very helpful in patients who are difficult to get out of bed. Urine that is accommodated in the catheter is usually checked by a doctor to examine the quality of the urine by calculating the fluid balance.

Surgery patients with a large wound, sometimes the doctor put a Surgical Drain that is installed around the stitches. This tool is used to remove unwanted fluids such as blood or pus. Whereas after surgery that cause a strong pain the doctor gives a small catheter that can stream to the nerves in the spinal cord directly, which is called Epidural Analgesia.

I hope we never find even one of these tools installed in our body, seeing a Parenteral Nutrition was already scary. Surprisingly, when the medical devices are more complex and daunting, then the cost is more expensive. :-) The best way to avoid this tool is by maintaining a healthy lifestyle and keep the regular exercise.


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