Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care.
Currently we’re working with a client who has their loved one in ICU with a massive GI bleed. GI Bleed is a gastrointestinal bleed, also known as a bleed in the bowel. It’s in the rectum or even in the stomach. Cutting long story short, when patients are suffering from a GI bleed, generally speaking, they are not getting any nutrition into their stomach in order to not upset the environment any further to cause even more bleeding.
What then needs to happen is, patients need to be started on TPN or total parenteral nutrition or also known as intravenous nutrition to keep giving patients a highly vulnerable, critically ill patient’s nutrition and that’s really important. Currently we are working with a client where the ICU is denying this particular patient TPN and they’re basically starving the patient with the goal to potentially let the patient pass away.
So my tip for today is look out if your loved one is not getting any nasogastric feeds or PEG feeds, that they are started on TPN or intravenous nutrition.
That’s my tip for today. Take care. This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days.