appearing abnormally sleepy confused, violent, or even completely unresponsive
Altered Mental Status (AMS)
Abnormally low blood glucose level.
Abnormally high blood glucose level.
Interpretations of normal brain functioncaused by bursts of abnormal electrical signals in the brain.
condition that occurs when the blood supply to an area of the brain is interupted.
condition involving gradual developement of memory impairmentand cognitive disturbance.
Medical condition that results when a person's pancreas will no longer produce an adequate supply of insulin or when the body loses the ability to utilize insulin properly.
hormone required for the transfer of glucose (sugar) from the blood to the tissues and cells where it can be used for fuel.
a hyperglycemic condition in which an absence of insulin causes the body to metabolize other sources of energy such as fat. the blood becomes acidic and the condition may result in a fruity breath odor and AMS.
altered mental status resulting from untreated hyperblycemia.
condition resulting from untreated hypoglycemia.
full-body muscle contractions lasting up to several minutes.
a neurological disorder characterized by sudden recurring attacks of motor sensory, or psychic malfunction with or without loss of consciousness or convulsive seizures.
seizures caused bye a sudden increase in fever. most common in children.
Seizure characterized by a los of consciousness, convulsions. also called a grand mal seizure.
Generalized tonic-clonic seizure
period following a generalized seizure where the patient will remain unresponsive or also may be sleepy or groggy for up to 30 mintues or so.
multiple seizures without a period of consciousness between them, or one continuous seizure lasting 10 minutes or more.
also called a mini stroke, this conditions presents as a stroke but signs and symptoms resolve usually within 24 hours.
Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
A substabce that absorbs many poisons and prevents them from being absorbed by the body.
The body's exaggerated response when exposed to specific substances to which it has sensitivities.
substance that causes sensitivity.
sudden, severe allergic reaction.
red, itchy, possibly raised blotches on the skin, possibly from insect bites or food allergy.
progression of a severe allergic reaction. may result in death.
a hormone produced by the body. As a medication it constricts blood vessels and dilates repiratory passages and is used to releive severe allergic reactions.
abnormally low core body temperature.
abnormally elevated core body temperature.
the body's ability to maintain a stable core temperature.
application of an external heat source to rewarm the body of a hypothermic patient.
covering a hypothermic patient and taking other steps to prevent further heat loss and help the body rewarm itself.
normal body temperature.
local cold injury. Damage to local tissues from exposure to cold temperatures.
early or superficial frostbite.
a substance that, in water, seperates into electricallly charged particles.
death caused by submersion in water.
the condition of having begun to drown but still able to be resuscitated.
a device that encircles an extremity to reduce venous blood return to the body.