Can a person live forever on a vent? - page 2
Now this really bothers me. We had a resident who was transfered to a medical facility just to be placed on a vent. Scenerio: Contracted, stage IV decubes on both hips, heels, GT, S/P tube, trach,... Read More
Aug 10, '03I went to college in Arkansas; and say what you will about Bill Clinton and hicks and all, but if a pt was brain dead (as mandated by the state via testing) the doctor was allowed by law to extubage and thereyby end the pt's life without the family's consent. Of course they always informed the family first.
Aug 10, '03The first image I had of a person on a vent was in 1970 (prior to Roe vs. Wade), was watching a 28-year-old woman die from a massive sepsis, by a self-induced abortion with a coathanger. As she lay there dying, there were pictures of her two little girls..along with stacks of bills brought in by this hospital's business office (I guess they thought she was going to somehow wake up and write them a check).
I don't remember how long this woman lived. I was 18 at the time, and I will never forget that sight, nor the smell of her body, which was rotting from the inside out...