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Grandfather can't breathe without ventilator, what to do?

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Dr. Theresa Redling
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: What are his wishes?

Did you GF ever give anyone an idea of his wishes in various circumstances?(unable to breathe without machine, unable to eat without feeding tube).
If yes, then follow your GF directives, even if it means withdrawing the ventilator.His doctor will make sure there is no suffering.If there is no directive, then you will need to discuss goals of his care with his healthcare providers.

In brief: What are his wishes?

Did you GF ever give anyone an idea of his wishes in various circumstances?(unable to breathe without machine, unable to eat without feeding tube).
If yes, then follow your GF directives, even if it means withdrawing the ventilator.His doctor will make sure there is no suffering.If there is no directive, then you will need to discuss goals of his care with his healthcare providers.
Dr. Theresa Redling
Dr. Theresa Redling
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Dr. Jack Rubin
Internal Medicine - Nephrology & Dialysis

In brief: Ventilator breathing

Your question can best be answered by the physicians (P) taking care of him. No one here is familiar with his condition.
Does he have a terminal illness? Do the P's treating him think he has no hope of coming off the ventilator? We on Healthtap can all opine and those P's treating him can give you a meaningful answer as they know his condition the best. Go ahead and ask them for the answer.

In brief: Ventilator breathing

Your question can best be answered by the physicians (P) taking care of him. No one here is familiar with his condition.
Does he have a terminal illness? Do the P's treating him think he has no hope of coming off the ventilator? We on Healthtap can all opine and those P's treating him can give you a meaningful answer as they know his condition the best. Go ahead and ask them for the answer.
Dr. Jack Rubin
Dr. Jack Rubin
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