Category 4 and 5 Covid patients are often put into a coma and placed on life support.
A video has gone viral showing an on-duty police officer who couldn’t hold back his tears when he received news of his parents who were being treated for Covid-19.
In response, netizens sent their prayers to a local traffic cop who got word that both his mother and father had been put into a medically induced coma.
😭minta kenalan semua kita doakan ya pada NORMALA BINTI ABDUL GHANI(MAK)SHARIP BIN IBRAHIM(BAPA)##covidisreal🌏💔♬ Sholawat Merdu – zahra
It’s not uncommon for critical coronavirus patients to be put ‘to sleep’ or into a coma before being placed on ventilators, also known as life support machines, normally found in the intensive care units (ICU) at hospitals.
These machines essentially help patients breathe by pumping oxygen directly into – and extracting carbon dioxide from – the patient’s lungs via what’s called a breathing tube.
Patients are sedated in order to place the tube in through their mouths and straight down their windpipe.
These patients are then either kept in a coma or can remain concious depending on the situation.
The experience of being on a ventilator can vary from person to person, with some experiencing gagging and discomfort while others need to be put to sleep because they’re too weak or uncomfortable from the procedure.
Being on ventilators also makes it hard to eat normally, so an eating tube can sometimes be inserted through the patient’s nose or mouth.
According to Prof Dr Ina Ismiarti Shariffuddin, Head Anesthesiologist at University Malaya’s (UM) Faculty of Medicine, Covid-19 patients who are admitted to the ICU are those from Category 4 or 5 and need to be on monitored oxygen support.
These patients are sedated and put into a coma when their lungs or other organs fail.
Category 4 and 5 patients who are placed on ventilators are kept in a coma when they experience ‘respiratory failure’ when there’s too little oxygen or too much carbon dioxide in the body, or when the patient just finds it difficult to breathe under their own power.
Dr Ina also shares that the intubation process can be dangerous if not done correctly – causing injuries to the lungs like Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) or even septic shock from bacterial infections.
To the cop in the video, we at TRP offer our prayers for your parents’ speedy recovery and thank you for your service.
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