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Can you survive after being put on life support? I am doing a persuasive speech on euthanasia and i wanted to know how often it is that the situation comes up. I want to know if when your put on life support with a failing body system, is there a chance y
The : The concept of life support is to provide assistance or replacement of a bodily function, generally categorized as: ventilator support for respiratory failure, medications or pump for heart failure, dialysis for kidney failure. Some consider intravenous nutrition life support also. In some cases, the acute insult that leads a patient to needing life support is removed and the body heals, thus that life support is no longer needed. In some cases, the body was already weakened, or the insult is not reversible, so that life support is continued. Intensive care units utilize life support to differentiate their role in the hospital compared to the regular nursing floors. The decision to remove life support, depends on the prognosis of the initial insult, the overall condition, including age, quality of life and other medical conditions, and most importantly, the wishes of the patient and secondarily the family when the patient cannot make an informed decision. Withdrawal of life support can be considered when it is clear that the patient will not recover to a meaningful quality of life. Although euthanasia is considered different than life support withdrawal, in that both acts hasten death, in the case of life support withdrawal, we are simply taking away a crutch that keeps the patient alive allowing the normal disease process to lead to death to occur. In the case of euthanasia, there is active participation of health care providers to provide medications that engage another process of death. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My brother was put on life support Wednesday. Ive felt dizzy since. Today is Monday. Is this normal? How can I make it go away?
Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just not able to talk?
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is put on life support, do they induce a coma or can that person be awake just not able to talk?
They are sedated: When someone is put on the ventilator, we usually keep him sedated, the level of sedation varies based on the underlying illness, but in most cases we keep it light so the person is able to open eyes and communicate, in certain cases, we need deep level of sedation and the patient would not be able to communicate. ...Read more
That : That depends on both your definition of life support and the technique your surgeon uses to connect the new liver to your body. Some surgeons use a method that requires blood to temporarily be shunted outside the body, and this bypass might be considered "life support." however, other surgeons use a technique that does not require bypass. Al patients undergoing liver transplant are under very deep anesthesia, and are unable to breath on their own. Keeping the blood oxygentated therefore requires a machine to pump air in and out of the lungs. Some people might consider this machine to be a form of "life support, " though if that's the case, then most people undergoing major operations are on life support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A person who is on life support on a respiratory, can they sit up and converse/talk with others? From what i read, life support is similar to being in a coma, half alive and half not. What are the conditions of the person who is put on life support, who
A : A person on a ventilator (a machine that pushes air into his or her lungs) is usually very ill and would not be able to communicate very well, much less sit up in bed. However, that's not always the case. It is certainly possible for a person to be awake, alert, and aware, and yet not have the strength required to breath independently. In such cases, the person could definitely communicate (by writing notes). ...Read more
What is the difference between acute renal failure and end-stage renal failure?what is asthma ?Can you tell me if someone is put on life support do they induce a coma or can that person b awake just.
A lot of information: acute renal failure when the kidney get insulted right now, and it has the potential to turn around,and becomes normal again. end stage renal disease is when the kidney are no longer working,to the point it required dialysis,and there is no hope of turning around,beside dialysis,patient might need a kidney transplant. not everybody on life support required induced coma,unless the problem in brain. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mother in law is in the hospital for pneumonia cuz her lungs r full w/water and was put on life support to help breath do u think she will make it?
Perhaps...: Pneumonia is a treatable condition but whether or not an individual will survive depends on many factors including age and whether or not the patient has any other diseases (example: copd, diabetes, renal failure, etc.) surviving will also depend on how many other organ systems are involved in the illness; the more organ systems affected, the less likely survival is. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was very sick fot 6 months cdeff all that time had blood poisoning 3 times bad enough to put me on life support I am needing to know the aftermath?
Depends: People who have had critical illness may take a very prolonged period of time to recover with persistent weakness, and other problems including difficulties with concentration, memory and anxiety. How long problems like this or other problems associated with critical illness lasts ca nvary depending on the specific events and the presence of any chronic diseases. Many will recover 100% though. ...Read more
People do not seem : Comfortable with your question. Often people do not make it despite the valiant efforts of physicians to save their lives. If someone you know is on life support, speak the doctors to find out the prognosis. Doctors are human and have a tough time accepting when they can't save someone. Sometimes palliative care is all they can do, to keep the person comfortable with loved ones at their side. ...Read more
Yes: Life support is exaclty that - support. While miraculous, our medical ability to support this wonderous state of being we call "life" is still limited. Eventually even with "full life support" the organs of the body will age and/or break down beyond our ability to support their function and the person will die. How long this will take depends on each person's unique situation. ...Read more
ACLS test: There are apps available for phone, ipad etc that are very helpful. ...Read more
Sometimes.: After braindeath criterea someone will be on life support until they are removed in the or and once cardiac function stops the organs are harvested. The maintain on life support is not prolonged at all. If cardiac death and not in the or then only certain organs are able to be harvested. Mostly depends on type of organ being harvested. ...Read more
That is a tough: decision which doctors and families decide together based on the chances of the person surviving and returning to a healthy life. It varies from situation to situation, family to family. ...Read more
I' not sure why no: I'm not sure why no one has answered you, but i think they lack enough information and don't want to mislead or discourage you. Sometimes people do survive even after months on life support, but many do not. Speak with the physician's working with your loved one to find out the likelihood of recovery. It is very hard to see someone you love on life support. ...Read more
Try the following: http://www.ncoa.org/ and https://www.Thefamilycaregiver.Org/caregiving_resources/agencies_and_organizations.Cfm. This may get you started in the right direction. ...Read more