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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?
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
8 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Maybe
This kind of problem can best be answered by your mothers critical care team. That said it is very common for patients who are critically ill in the ICU to have various degrees of encephalopathy or delirium from a variety of causes, including infections, impaired kidney and liver function and the prolonged effects of sedative drugs.
So certainly sedation is a potential cause.

In brief: Maybe
This kind of problem can best be answered by your mothers critical care team. That said it is very common for patients who are critically ill in the ICU to have various degrees of encephalopathy or delirium from a variety of causes, including infections, impaired kidney and liver function and the prolonged effects of sedative drugs.
So certainly sedation is a potential cause.
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