“He is already dead. They have kept him on ventilator to earn money. We have also seen it in a movie.” You might heard of this sentence a few times.
Ventilator is probably the worst kind of machine in public perception, although it is one the best machine ever invented in healthcare. It may be because it is more popular or may be because it is made for those who are at the end stage of life. Be it human or a machine, anyone who handle riskier things always face the burden of perception.
The story of the machine is very simple - ventilator is used when a person is unable to breathe by himself. It keeps their breathing continued till the time other body organs keep on functioning. And when a ventilator is put, the person is sedated means he is made unconscious, hence the person will look totally non-responding and in a very critical stage. But appearance doesn’t value much in an ICU, it is the inner body functions that matters. Thus ventilator gives time to other body functions to get back to normal and when they do, the machine is taken off.
Every day we see relatives who refuse to put their patient on ventilator because they have this perception that he is already dead and it is used only to prolong his final demise, even though many of them have the chance of survival if timely put on the ventilator.
How to know if your patient is alive or dead?
If you ever doubt the machine then just look at the screen of the monitor that is attached to the patient. If it is showing some reading then your patient is alive. You can further inquire about your patient and his condition and what is seen on monitor and no doctor can say no to you for explanation. And a ventilator can never be put without attaching the monitor to the patient. So till the time the monitor is showing the reading, be assured the patient is alive.
This is a very basic way to clarify your mind, as your trust helps a doctor to take all risks to save the patient.
And we have never heard or seen anyone doing such inhuman act to earn money. Stay assured.
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