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Apr 19, 2013
 
If an adult had a urinary infection and refuse to take antibiotics to treat it in hopes that they would die is there anything a spouse or therapist could do to intervene? And how long would it take?
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Apr 19, 2013
 
restless7183 wrote:
If an adult had a urinary infection and refuse to take antibiotics to treat it in hopes that they would die is there anything a spouse or therapist could do to intervene? And how long would it take?
And this is a serious question?
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Apr 19, 2013
 
You don't provide enough information to receive a legitimate answer. What is the patient's normal cognitive status? How old are they? Is it possible the UTI itself is hindering their ability to make a rational decision (number 1 cause of confusion in the elderly is a UTI)? Does the patient have a symptomatic infection or just a chronic infective urine specimen from having an indwelling catheter? Is the patient a hospice, palliative, or end-of-life patient that does not want aggressive treatment of illness unless they have pain/symptoms?

Every ethical dilemma is a distinct case with distinct circumstances.

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Apr 19, 2013
 
MSNMBA wrote:
You don't provide enough information to receive a legitimate answer. What is the patient's normal cognitive status? How old are they? Is it possible the UTI itself is hindering their ability to make a rational decision (number 1 cause of confusion in the elderly is a UTI)? Does the patient have a symptomatic infection or just a chronic infective urine specimen from having an indwelling catheter? Is the patient a hospice, palliative, or end-of-life patient that does not want aggressive treatment of illness unless they have pain/symptoms?

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Patient is 30 year old otherwise healthy adult.
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Apr 19, 2013
 

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Apr 19, 2013
 
restless7183 wrote:
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Patient is 30 year old otherwise healthy adult.
Any mentally competent adult can refuse any medical treatment they do not want. The odds of a truly "otherwise healthy" adult dying from a simple urinary tract infection are very slim.

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Apr 20, 2013
 
xxxx wrote:
u will not die from a tract infection...oh geez

It will not just go away on it own. Why don't you research it before you try to act like you know what you are talking about.

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Apr 20, 2013
 
MSNMBA wrote:
<quoted text>Any mentally competent adult can refuse any medical treatment they do not want. The odds of a truly "otherwise healthy" adult dying from a simple urinary tract infection are very slim.
But if it turned into a kidney infection and kept getting worse, it could happen, right?
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Beware! Debbie Whitney Johnson and Jimmy Lott are both HIV positive needle junkies! She tries to prostitute herself online. Debbie and Jimmy will both suck guys off and take it up the butt for a cash or a drug fix!
Can I get a phone number?
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Apr 20, 2013
 
psh wrote:
Plus if your so damn worried about it ask a freakin NURSE! Not the people of topics! I mean are u serious right now?
hahaha u got that right. The hospital does have an ask a nurse line. Or since u can get on the internet maybe u should webmd it :/
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Apr 23, 2013
 
I am a nurse. Just like I said, "in an otherwise healthy" adult, meaning an adult with a normally functioning immune system, a urinary tract infection is not deadly. In fact, the only reason to treat it at all is because patients don't tolerate the symptoms. In an otherwise healthy person, the vast majority of isolated illnesses can be fought by the immune system. If we would stop running to the doctor and ER for every sniffle, we could probably still afford healthcare.
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Apr 25, 2013
 
serious problems here
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Apr 25, 2013
 
A UTI can progress to sepsis which can progress to septic shock which is life threatening

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