Royce Shook in Lifestyle, beBee in English, Healthy Living President • The Wilson Centre Seniors Advisory Association May 19, 2020 · 1 min read · +100

Ventilation for COVID-19

I received this from my friend Sylvia and it is truly scary. It was written by a nurse who works in an ICU and specifically works with ventilators. We are lucky folk who specialize in certain areas and thus know just what to do and how to help. This is her description of what it is like.
 
Here you go folks... for those people who don't understand what it means to be on a ventilator but want to take the chance of going back to work... 
 
For starters, it's NOT an oxygen mask put over the mouth while the patient is comfortably lying down and reading magazines. Ventilation for COVID-19 is a painful intubation that goes down your throat and stays there until you live or you die. 
 
It is done under anesthesia for 2 to 3 weeks without moving, often upside down, with a tube inserted from the mouth up to the trachea and allows you to breathe to the rhythm of the lung machine. 
 
The patient can't talk or eat, or do anything naturally - the machine keeps you alive. 
 
The discomfort and pain they feel from this means medical experts have to administer sedatives and painkillers to ensure tube tolerance for as long as the machine is needed. It's like being in an artificial coma. 
 
After 20 days from this treatment, a young patient loses 40% muscle mass and gets mouth or vocal cords trauma, as well as possible pulmonary or heart complications. 
 
It is for this reason that old or already weak people can't withstand the treatment and die. Many of us are in this boat ... so stay safe unless you want to take the chance of ending up here. This is NOT the flu.
 
Add a tube into your stomach, either through your nose or skin for liquid food, a sticky bag around your butt to collect diarrhea, a foley to collect urine, an IV for fluids and meds, an A-line to monitor your BP that is completely dependent upon finely calculated med doses, teams of nurses, CRNA’s and MA’s to reposition your limbs every two hours and lying on a mat that circulates ice-cold fluid to help bring down your 104-degree temp. 
 
Does anyone want to try all that out? 
 
Then stay home! 
Stay safe and well!
Ventilation for COVID-19