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how long can you live on a ventilator

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnon Rubin
23 years experience Internal Medicine
60+ years: In some cases people can lives years or decades on a ventilator. One can potentially live their whole life on a ventilator and die from other causes.
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Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
As long as possible: So long as lungs are supported by a ventilator, and if all other organs are functioning on par- theoretically they can be on ventilator for ever.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Possibly years...: There are patients who live for years on a ventilator. These patients do require a lot of care and it is often difficult to care for these patients at ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Indefinitly: There is no maximum time limit on being on a ventilator.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Horng
19 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
depends: The ventilator is simply a device used to breath for the patient. How long a pt can live on the ventilator depends on the underlying disease. However, ... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Avdalovic
24 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Depends: Some patients with chronic neurologic conditions such as ALS (lou gehrigs dz.) can survive for years. If a patient goes on the ventilator for an acut ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
As long as necessary: Or until they are better or expire.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
34 years experience Pediatrics
Usually...: ...It's the need for ventilation (disease or prematurity) that is responsible for most of the complications.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mario Mangas
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Ventilator vs baggin: Bagging is effective as long as ventilation is provided effectively and the patient is oxygenating appropriately.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mazen Kherallah
33 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on the etiology of why she is on the ventilator and the prognosis of her AML and treatment offered.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Azmat Qayyum
32 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
It. Depends : it depends some clinical tests and brain scan and EEG to decide if someone is brain dead. Ventilator is just there to support breathing. If someone ... Read More
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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Hematoma: From the Journal of Neurology the post op course for a a subdural showed the following data. Of 32 patients after 10 days 78% of patients had fluid. ... Read More
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