Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip for families in intensive care.
So, over the last few weeks, we have worked with a client who had their 35-year-old brother in ICU after cardiac arrest with liver failure. And the client has had numerous setbacks. The ICU team from the start was adamant that the brain has been irreversibly damaged, and that the client would never wake up and that the client needs nursing care level for the rest of his life. And he has been discharged from ICU initially, but then with the tracheostomy, the ward couldn’t look after tracheostomy. I had made another video about this, “The safety aspect when someone with a tracheostomy is going to a hospital ward or a hospital floor”, that this is, generally speaking, very unsafe. And this is exactly what’s happened here because it set the client back by many weeks.
But nevertheless, after many weeks of bleeding, multi-organ failure, sepsis, ventilation, transfer to the ward, which didn’t even last 24 hours because the ward couldn’t look after the tracheostomy, more bleeding, back to ICU, more chest infection/pneumonia. Now, he’s on the mend again. He’s slowly taking steps to get off the ventilator. He’s being mobilized slowly. He’s waking up. He has purposeful movements and he’s obeying commands against everything that the family was told that he would never wake up, he is now waking up.
So, the tip today here really is that you should never give up. Never give up because things happen. And why does he wake up if the intensive care team says he will never wake up? Well, because nobody has a crystal ball. Nobody has a crystal ball. And no matter what CT (Computed Tomography) scans or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans show, this patient seems to beat the odds for whatever reason.
So, the quick tip for today is never give up and hang in there because things do happen and hopefully this client will get out of ICU very soon and can hopefully make his way to recovery and rehabilitation.
So, that’s my quick tip for today.
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