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In this week’s episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” I want to answer another question from one of our readers and the question this week is
SEVERE LUNG FAILURE AND MY AUNTY IS NOT EXPECTED TO SURVIVE…
Sandra, from New York, USA
We have been told that my aunt has gone into severe lung failure. The doctors and nurses have told us that she is not expected to survive. One month maximum. The ICU team has been talking about Intubation. I think Tracheostomy will be easier as it would likely help her to be ventilated? What would you advice?
thanks for your question. Without knowing the full circumstances, people’s most likely and most intuitive response is to paint the worst possible picture. It’s also intuitive to follow the advice of the doctors and nurses in the Intensive Care Unit.
Because you are not an Intensive Care “insider”, you would find it hard to believe that even though your aunty’s situation appears to be difficult, if not hopeless from the outside, to the point where you think that she is going to die soon, you have to think about the perspective of the doctors and the nurses in Intensive Care.
Even though most of the health professionals working in Intensive Care are optimists(otherwise they couldn’t do what they are doing), they also tend to be careful of what they say to families of critically ill people in order to not give you false hope and also to protect their professional reputation. The reality is that even for doctors and nurses who have worked in Intensive Care for many years, it’s difficult to exactly predict the most likely outcome of your aunty’s stay in Intensive Care.
The reality also is that the trajectory of any Patient in Intensive Care is often hard to predict and doctors and nurses in Intensive Care have usually seen a wide variety of cases, with “good” cases turning bad and “bad” cases coming good.
If your aunty’s lungs are failing she might have ARDS and she certainly would need Intubation as a starting point. Depending on the severity of the lung failure, she might require ECMO and she could well require a Tracheostomy. This is hard to say since I don’t know the exact details of your aunty’s history. But these are some of the most likely scenarios.
I think what’s really important for you and your family is that you are not giving up hope! Ask plenty of questions and don’t be afraid to ask such questions that if the Intensive Care team thinks that your aunty is not going to survive, whether that’s based on clinical facts or just based on the negative mindset of the health professionals they are dealing with. It’s critical for you and your family to stay positive! Your aunty can feel you and your family giving positive vibes!
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Also, find out and ask whether the Intensive Care Unit has other Patients waiting for admission to Intensive Care and therefore they have a high demand on beds. With the ICU experiencing a high demand on beds, they may put a more negative spin on your aunty’s prognosis and they may not tell you the whole truth of what is really going on behind the scenes.
Furthermore, you might want to also ask if the Intensive Care team is wondering, that if your aunty’s treatment and recovery is prolonged that it may cost too much and that it may stretch the budget in the Intensive Care Unit.
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