My friend JuneBug’s husband went in to the hospital for surgery on an infected finger. Apparently he became septic and went into acute respiratory distress. Then he began to have organ failure and was transferred to another hospital where he would up ventilated and in the ICU.
He was removed from the vent this morning, but now has ICU psychosis- he is confused and agitated and attempts to comfort him agitate him more. He was yelling so much she had trouble telling me about his condition on the phone (she was in the ICU when we were talking), and is wearing padded gloves to reduce harm to himself, but not otherwise restrained.
She said he is receiving excellent care. The docs and nurses watch him closely and keep her well informed. They have treated patients with this diagnosis before and seem to klnow what to do. She finds this reassuring. Also, this ICU lets family stay in the ICU room unrestricted and allows phones. That’s kinda new, I guess.
JuneBug seemed calm thinks everything will be OK soon. I sure hope so.
I took some food to her home and offered to do laundry or shopping or driving for her. She prefers to be dropped off and picked up from the hospital so as to not pay the high parking fees.
It seems as if he very nearly died from the finger infection!
Anyone experience ICU psychosis before? Is it temporary? What should she expect to happen? I assume it is caused by a combo of illness, meds, and the abnormalities from the malfunctioning of the organs.