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AgnesDomini 2 points ago +3 / -1

What the hell is that big white bar across her face???

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medicpatriot 5 points ago +5 / -0

Yeah it’s cruel to have a tube in someone’s vocal cords without sedation.

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Forbidden_outcast 2 points ago +2 / -0

We couldn’t get my spouse off the vent, bc as they would reduce the sedation- instinct would kick in and the immediate response was to remove what was invading his body.

I was finally able to explain to him WHY they were on a vent, and what to expect next, and asked them to try to swallow against the tube, rather than fighting it- and they actually did that, literally on command, and everyone witnessed it.

So at least we knew he was still there. (I always knew he was- weird stuff)

But it was still super tough getting him off the vent.

He recovered from the heart attack that put him on the vent in the first place, (at a young age, heredity), but has never completely recovered from what the vent did to him.

Vents are bad and IMHO- they are using them waaaaaay too much.

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medicpatriot 2 points ago +2 / -0

There’s pros and cons to everything. Typically we don’t see many patients without medical conditions having a problem getting off of the vent. But when you have conditions like COPD, asthma, Chinese Virus, cystic fibrosis, etc., the lungs get lazy and sometimes it’s hard to ween the patient off. On the other hand, sometimes these patients need the vent or they will die from lack of oxygen. So we try to avoid it when possible. Unfortunately not every medical professional is good at these decisions, and managing a vent properly. I’ve been to many hospitals where I had more expertise than the doctor with the vents. And that’s not to say I’m a hotshot, it’s just that I’m trained by a hospital that knows what they’re doing. Still, I have seen the trend in recent times of avoiding vents until it is a last resort. That is a good thing.