What is life support?

  • (noun): Medical equipment that assists or replaces important bodily functions and so enables a patient to live who otherwise might not survive.
    Example: "The patient is on life support"
    Synonyms: life-support system
    See also — Additional definitions below

Life Support

Life support in medicine is a broad term that applies to any therapy used to sustain a patient's life while they are critically ill or injured, as part of intensive-care medicine. There are many therapies and techniques that may be used by clinicians to achieve the goal of sustaining life. Some examples include:

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Selected Court Cases In The Terri Schiavo Case
... The Terri Schiavo case ( /ˈʃaɪvoʊ/) was a legal struggle involving prolonged life support in the United States that lasted from 1990 to 2005 ... the decision of the husband of Teresa Marie "Terri" Schiavo to terminate life support for her ... parents and by state and federal legislative intervention effected a seven-year delay before life support finally was terminated ...
Constellation Space Suit - Design - Configuration One
... EVA is conducted, instead of the Primary Life Support System backpack worn by Apollo, Space Shuttle, and ISS crews, astronauts will rely on a life-support umbilical used on all Gemini and Skylab flights ... Primary Life Support Vehicle Provided ...
Advanced Life Support In Obstetrics
... Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) is a program developed by The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) ... ALSO helps serve the same function as Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) to help keep physicians who work with rural or underserved ...
Life Support
... Life support in medicine is a broad term that applies to any therapy used to sustain a patient's life while they are critically ill or injured, as part of intensive-care medicine ... techniques that may be used by clinicians to achieve the goal of sustaining life ... As various life support technologies have improved and evolved they are used increasingly outside of the hospital environment ...
List Of Emergency Medicine Topics - Critical Care
... Mechanical ventilation Shock Resuscitation Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) Advanced Trauma Life Support(ATLS) ...

More definitions of "life support":

  • (noun): Equipment that makes life possible in otherwise deadly environmental conditions.
    Synonyms: life-support system

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