Second lease of life for Seaman!


Mr. X, 48-years-old Indian seaman, sole bread winner for his family, was brought to Lifecare Hospital, Mussafah where an excellent, dedicated competent team of Emergency department that works 24 x 365 days worked to revive his life back. As a result of their efforts, the patient who suffered from 30 min out of hospital cardiac arrest was successfully resuscitated.

On the day after lunch, he went to sleep and got up complaining of chest discomfort to his friend. He took some tablets for acidity and went to bed was found unresponsive with abnormal respiration. Later he was brought to Lifecare hospital successful resuscitation was performed and he was transferred to ICU for further care. 

"The patient on arrival was comatose and required medicines to maintain BP. He was taken for emergency angioplasty and stenting. After angioplasty he was shifted back to ICU for further care. Since he was not awakening adequately even after 72 hours, was done MRI which showed signs of brain damage sustained as a result of lack of blood supply because of the cardiac arrest. He also developed seizures due to the brain damage, said Dr. Deepak Vijayan – Intensivist, Lifecare Hospital, Mussafah.  The patient stay in ICU was complicated by bleeding and severe restlessness, agitation and involuntary movements

Tracheostomy was done for him for prolonged ventilator use and he was provided complete nursing care dedicated and committed staff to prevent any complications like bed sore and ventilator associated pneumonia which is common among this type of patient. He received regular ventilator monitoring and medical treatment for closure of tracheostomy tube. Patient started to regain his consciousness level by 3 weeks, he was responding successfully and ambulated slowly by the help of regular limb and chest physio by a physiotherapist and thus was able to walk on his own before he flew back home, says Dr. Khaled Galal, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Lifecare Hospital Mussafah.

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