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Ventilator...: Ventilator associated pneumonia occurs when a person has a tube in place that goes into their airway and connects to a ventilator. This allows bacteria to enter the lungs from the outside. Prevention strategies include good oral hygiene, GERD therapy and getting the tube out as quickly as possible. A chest x-ray can confirm the diagnosis and antibiotics treat it after sputum culture is sent to lab ...Read more
Risk factors...: Ventilator-associated pneumonia risk factors include the presence of oral bacteria, gastroesophageal reflux, interruption of the ventilator circuit, meds that decrease stomach acidity, prolonged oral/nasal intubation, etc. Various measures are taken to prevent this including weaning from mechanical ventilation as quickly as possible, keeping the head of the bed raised, good oral hygiene, etc. ...Read more
Expectant waiting: Leave it to the health care practitioners and if you believe in prayers do so. Keep yourself strong so others will do the same. Talk to your dad even if sleeping, he may hear you and have more strength. Talk to the doctors and nurses and be updated time and again. ...Read more
Daily multidisciplinary rounds to implement the ventilator bundle decreases ventilator-associated pneumonia in trauma patients: but does it affect outcome?
Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision for you, but i would not allow myself to be intubated if i already carried a diagnosis of lung cancer. But it's just possible that this person has been operated recently for possible cure. Then there's a fair hope. Autonomy rules. ...Read more
Mother was admitted w/ confusion, came down with pneumonia, is on a ventilator. She was sedated. Her eyes are now open, but not aware. Still sedation?
Hard to say: Confusion in elderly patients can be due to many causes such as dementia and medications. While your mother is on the ventilator, she may be still under the effects of sedation, or she could have other problems such as a stroke, or her pneumonia causing her not to have enough oxygen in her bloodstream. As she recovers from pneumonia, she should wake up and be able to breathe on her own. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hi how long does it take for some over 85 that's been admitted for pneumonia in intensive care on a ventilator to be released from hospital. Thanks?
Depends: That depends on a lot of factors, generally speaking being in the ICU and on a ventilator is serious. You would be best served looking for this answer directly from the physician taking care of your family member, we would just be making guesses and predictions here, which might increase your anxiety. ...Read more
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