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Hi, it’s Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com with another quick tip and case study for families in intensive care.
So at the moment, we are working with a client who has their 40-year old wife in intensive care after COVID and COVID ARDS. The client’s been in intensive care now for 70 plus days. Client initially was proned and slowly improved with the ARDS, eventually had a tracheostomy and eventually ended up on spontaneous breathing trials with pressure support.
But then also some setbacks were coming in with, for example, an artery got nicked around the tracheostomy. So the client needed an open-chest surgery to fix the artery. Then the client was diagnosed with severe heart failure. Their ejection fraction dropped from 80% down to 30-35%. So that was two significant complications that happened while a client was recovering from COVID ARDS.
So despite all of that, it’s now day 70 or day 75 in intensive care. The client is now starting to slowly mobilize getting out of bed, having more pressure support breathing trials, and seems to slowly improve. Another complication that happened was a severe stage four pressure sore that’s being treated now by the wound care team.
So when someone is in intensive care, it can take a lot of time and multiple setbacks can happen and you should never give up. You should not believe in the doom and gloom. Cause despite all the setbacks, now slowly the client is improving, having pressure support trials despite the heart failure, and despite the surgery she had to go through a few weeks ago with the nicked artery.
So my quick tip for today is really about never giving up, never believing into the negativity, never believing in the doom and gloom. You always have to believe that things can and will improve, and that’s what’s happening in this situation. This lady still has a long way to go, but her husband is very happy that at least she’s making slow, but steady progress. I’ll keep you updated.
This is my quick tip for today.
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This is Patrik Hutzel from intensivecarehotline.com, and I will talk to you in a few days.