Hi! It’s Patrik Hutzel from Intensivecarehotline.com with another quick update and tip for families in Intensive Care.
Now, currently we’re working with a client who has their dad in ICU after cardiac arrest and potentially hypoxic brain injury. Now after a week in ICU, the hypoxic brain injury apparently is turning into a brain death scenario. And the ICU wants to proceed to brain death testing and then potentially withdraw life support.
Now, as you might have heard me say before whenever it comes to brain death testing as well as end-of-life decision making there needs to be consent from families’ right? And therefore we ask the client to ask for the ICU’s policies about Brain Death Testing, as well as the End of Life Care Policy.
Now, it turns out that the ICU is refusing to issue those policies to the family. Now, what’s that going to tell you? It’s telling me that the ICU is not transparent in their decision making process and as you’re aware, end of life decision making can’t be made in a vacuum. So there always needs to be an underlying policy or a state law, you know.
So, whenever the ICU is not transparent with you, you’re alarm bells need to go off. Now, if you need help in a similar situation, we can certainly guide you and we already have put a stop to the removal of life support and we bought the family time just with our consulting and advocacy.
If you are in a similar situation, give us a call at Intensivecarehotline.com and contact us on one of the numbers on the top of the website. That’s my tip for today. Take care for now.