Tag Archives: ICU

how long could a clinically dead person’ body be kept ‘alive’ on machines? (the cause of death is severe head trauma if that makes any difference) thanks!

No definitive answer here, but the answer is “quite a long time.”  This is common in cases of organ donors, whose organs must remain viable (and often need some time to recover from damage associated with their cause of  death).  Honestly? With an infusion of levothyroxine (since the brain stops producing thyroid hormone when it dies), …

hi sorry i’m the propofol sedation anon, i forgot to ask, would she be able to breathe on her own for the most part or would she have to be placed on a ventilator? thanks and sorry again!!

Hey! Missed this follow-up on the initial question.  Your character wouldn’t be on propofol without being on a ventilator, unless it’s for procedural sedation. (For example, when I had an upper endoscopy, I was put under with propofol, but I wasn’t put deep enough to stop breathing.) In the ICU, propofol = ventilator, and almost …

Hi! Can you please explain life support more than the basics, specifically someone coming off of it alive and the effects it would have on him/her physically and cognitively?

Hey there nonny! Thanks for this question. Let’s dive in!  “Life support” is an extremely nebulous term. For example, the term “basic life support” is a fancy way of saying CPR and rescue breathing, while “advanced cardiac life support” is a nice way of saying “extreme cardiac event resuscitation with tubes, IVs, and drugs.”  Both of those are …