I saw first hand when my brother recently suffered a heart attack. He was in the hospital, in a 4 point restraint, conscious, with a ventilator tube down his throat. I felt powerless to help him as he gagged and actually aspirated while laying there. It was tragic. I was mortified as the nurses were telling him to just relax and he was powerless to explain he was throwing up.
FRIDAY, March 1 (HealthDay News) — Post-traumatic stress disorder, a form of anxiety disorder common among war veterans, was also frequently seen among intensive care patients put on a ventilator, a new study shows.
Some patients showed significant effects of the condition, also known as PTSD, up to two years later, the researchers found.
“We usually think of PTSD as something you develop if you go to war, are sexually assaulted or suffer a similar emotional trauma,” senior study author, Dr. Dale Needham, a critical care specialist at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a Hopkins news release. “Instead, it may be as common, or more common, in ICU patients as in soldiers, but it’s something many doctors including psychiatrists don’t fully appreciate.”
The researchers followed 520 ICU patients put on ventilators because of acute lung injury, which involves fluid in the lungs and multi-organ failure. The…
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