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Flashcards in Edema Deck (17):
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Abnormal collection of fluid in tissues

Caused by 10%+ increase in moisture in tissues

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Types of edema:

Solid/cellular -> inside cells; Pitting/intercellular -> fluid collects in tissue spaces; Ascites -> fluid in cavities

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Problem: Tissues swollen & distorted

Skin may wrinkle after swelling is reduced

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Problem: Leakage

Can occur through skin or from incision/puncture sites; may wet clothing or casket lining

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Problem: Accelerates decomposition

Microbial growth is increased

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Blisters & skin-slip

Need to be drained/dried

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Problem: Excess moisture may dilute arterial solution after injection

Use very strong solutions (min 5%, up to 25%-30% for severe cases)

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Technique: Use waterless solutions

Compensates for excess moisture

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Treatment: Use hypertonic (very strong) solutions

Draws moisture from tissues which can then be drained; required to arrest decomp & ensure preservation

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Treatment: Use restricted cervical and/or sectional embalming

Can treat localized areas with stronger solutions

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Treatment: Use continuous drainage from right IJV

Allows removal of more moisture from body

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Technique: Use interrupted injection -> inject solution at intervals w/delays in between

Allows moisture to be drawn out of tissues

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Treatment: Use co-injection chemicals

Edema corrective fluids; epsom salts; humectants (in large volumes can dehydrate)

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Treatment: Channel & wick tissues, use gravitation

Allows moisture to drain out

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Treatment: Use massage and surface pressure

Physically moves liquid out of tissues

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Treatment: Thorough cavity treatment & aspiration

Can also aspirate other areas to remove excess fluid

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Treatment: Use surface embalming & wrapping

Plastic garments & drying powders