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’s got their mom in intensive care with cancer and a tracheostomy and she’s ventilated. Now, the insurance actually has declined for my client’s mom to go into LTAC which we advise against anyway.
So what’s the tip here, what’s the lesson? Your mom is in an ICU with a tracheostomy ventilated so she’s in the safest place where she can ever be, right? So that’s the good news. I know from working with you that the ICU team wants to push towards the withdrawal of treatment, but your mom’s vital signs are stable. She’s breathing on the ventilator, she’s awake, she’s alert, you know, why would you consent to a withdrawal of treatment?
So my tip for today really is, buy some time in intensive care, see how your mom goes and then see whether your mom can come off the ventilator or not. Do not engage into any discussions about withdrawal of treatment because I know your mom wants to live and she wants to fight until the end and that’s what you should be advocating for.
So the tip for today is always keep fighting and read between the lines, you know, don’t give into withdrawal of treatment discussions just because the ICU wants to empty their beds because that’s what happens in an ICU unfortunately and just keep fighting for what you know is right and we’ll help you alongside with our consulting and advocacy. Getting real results for our clients who have a loved one in intensive care.
This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com and I’ll talk to you in a few days.