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Attempted suicide, burns, breathing problem, taking Dalacin. What steps do we have to take?

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my sister committed suicide attempt through gas fire and admitted in hospital and treatment is going on from last 1 month Doctors are saying that percentage of burns are 40-50% and we used so much antibiotics 1.vancomycin 2.meropenum 3. inem 4. invanz weekly changed now still using invanz and centreline is used for fluids direct to heart 4-5 times blood platelets, whole blood packet cells are injected into the body.for every 2-3 days fever is getting and after using paramol it will stop and again it will comeback for every 2-3 days. now no fever from 2days and regarding dressing it will be doing day after day and 40% wounds healing was recover and only chest part some % of burns are there and skin is black there and legs hands and remaining part of the body was healed BUTTOCKS part also some wounds present before 20 days suddenly breathing problem occurred and due to breathing problem patient is in ICU and after condition is normal from last 3 days now again from last 3 days suddenly same problem is going on she is getting breathing problem so again put in ICU and oxygen& nebliser is using she is getting 100% with oxygen and without oxygen 86-89% randomly and she is in good condition eating food daily and taking water 3-4 litres and urine output is fine yesterday night XRAY was taken to lungs and doctor says some consolidation will be there in lungs like some flum and suddenly from yesterday night 3 medicines are using 1. dalacin-c 2.malarid ds 3. amalar .Doctors are not saying the exact condition perfectly sir please tell me what are the steps we have to take seriously from now and from which problem is getting to her randomly and still how many days it will take to recover burns. hope getting reply asap and if any possible want to talk with u once please provide ur mobile number and i will pay for ur time and consultation. sir is condition of patient is out of danger or any problem please clarify me sir we are feeling very much tension
Posted Sat, 21 Jul 2012 in Beauty
Answered by Dr. Surindher 8 hours later

Thank you for posting your query.

Sorry to hear about your sister's problem. A few things you have to realise right at the outset.

Burns is a complex multisystem problem with long term effects as well, so expecting an early and quick solution is difficult.

That being said, you have not told me if the doctors mentioned anything about the degree of burns... how much of the burns is 2nd degree and how much 3rd degree etc.

But from what you say, since about 40% of it has healed in a month’s time, I’m thinking most of it was 2nd degree.

Yes, antibiotics and dressings have to continue as per the orders of the treating doctors there. They will have to keep changing them as and when required.

Very hard for us to comment on the condition now and the recovery, you will have to talk to the treating doctors there who can give you a better idea.

But the positives out of this till now what I see are...

1. 40% of her wounds have healed
2. She is eating well
3. Drinking well
4. Doesn't seem to have major sepsis

The lung part is a problem with any patient who is in bed for a long time, so they will be giving her chest physiotherapy and breathing exercises.

She also needs to see a psychiatrist and should be on medication for depression too.

From what I hear from your query, the recovery process seems to be going on well.

But it is very difficult for us to predict what can happen and how long the treatment will go on... the best people to give you an idea about that will be the treating surgeons who have seen her progress and her wounds.

From your side you can keep her spirits up and give her high protein diet and encourage her to do her exercises and chest physiotherapy and keep her active as possible.

The rest treatment, the doctors will take care of it I’m sure.

You may send us a mail at YYYY@YYYY if you wish to speak to a doctor on phone.

I wish your sister a speedy recovery.

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