Abdominal pain can be caused by many things such as ulcers, appendicitis, gallbladder disease, kidney stones, or bladder infections. Most of the time this kind of pain is caused by gas, constipation, indigestion, or other causes that are not life-threatening. This pamphlet provides instructions for when the doctor’s examination and test results suggest there is nothing seriously wrong. Symptoms that need immediate medical attention are given.
This is a guide to the Acute Care Program which is a home care program developed by Continuing Care, a branch of the NS Department of Health. Services can be arranged for you at home. Hopefully, this will mean that you will not need to be admitted to hospital. Contact numbers are also given.
Bowel function is defined. Some common causes of constipation are provided. Tips to avoid constipation are given. Symptoms that require immediate medical attention are provided.
Diarrhea and vomiting are often caused by bacteria or viruses. You may have other symptoms such as nausea, headache, feeling tired, and muscle aches. Some suggestions to help you care for yourself are provided. Symptoms that need immediate medical attention are given.
An ectopic pregnancy (also called tubal pregnancy) is a pregnancy that develops (grows) outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tubes. It is a potential medical emergency and can lead to death if not treated. Symptoms, causes, outlook, treatment, complications, ways to decrease your risk factors, and follow-up instructions are provided.
Gallstones start as small particles and can grow larger over time. They cause problems when they block the ducts (tubes) that the bile needs to travel through. Instructions for care at home and diet tips are provided. A list of symptoms that require immediate medical attention are listed.
This is an instructional pamphlet to help you prevent and control either deep vein thrombosis or a pulmonary embolism. Your nurse or doctor will write out instructions for you to follow regarding when to take your medication and when to do blood work. This pamphlet also includes important contact numbers in case you have any questions as well as instructions for when you visit the Anticoagulation Clinic.
Kidney stones (renal calculi) are lumps of crystals which usually form in the kidneys from material in the urine. This pamphlet describes your care if you are a patient who visits an Emergency Department (ER) with a kidney stone. Care instructions for when you go home are provided and a list of the symptoms that require immediate medical attention are outlined. Follow-up care is important.
Pneumonia is inflammation or infection in one or both of the lungs (sometimes called a chest infection). We have listed the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, risk factors, and the care you need at home. The pamphlet explains how you should feel in 3-5 days and 5-7 days. Symptoms that need further medical attention are listed.
This is a guide to the Quick Response Program. It is a home care program developed by Continuing Care, a branch of the Nova Scotia Department of Health. Services can be arranged for you at home for no more than 5 days. This will, hopefully, mean you will not need to be admitted to hospital. Contact numbers are also given.
If you have a sore throat, it is usually a symptom of an illness, such as a cold. Most sore throats are caused by viruses. This means that a sore throat caused by a virus will not get any better by taking antibiotics. The treatment for a sore throat and how to prevent its spread to others is discussed. A list of symptoms that require immediate medical attention is given.
Examining your stool can help your doctor in making a diagnosis. You will be given a kit of materials that has an instruction sheet. The collected sample and the requisition are to be taken to the Mackenzie Building on University Avenue or to the laboratory at the Dartmouth General Hospital on Pleasant Street. Make an appointment with your family doctor to get the results within 7 days after you take the specimen to the lab.