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Blown Out Lung

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 12, 2006
  • 00:39 AM

My husband was in a hospital in Houston for a number of weeks, he had been on a vent (trach) for about 6 weeks or longer; after a heart bypass .Trying to wean him off the vent one day the machine setting was turned down, when he felt uncomfortable they turned the setting back up.. the setting was turned up way too high blowing a hole in his left lung. :eek: The Dr. said "Oh this somethimes happens"; but because of this the dr. had to go into his chest cavity to re-inflate his lung, and when he did this ,,,he pricked a tiny vein, causing massive bleeding into the chest cavity,,, which needed surgery to insert drainage tubes, 3 large ones, to be exact. He did recover from this incident, it just took a while. All attempts to wean from the vent have failed. Just wondered if anyone may have had a similar incident. And how it was handled.It has been 4 months since the heart surgery.. My husband is 60 years old, a type 2 diabetic, has high blood pressure, and a few more minor problems.Thanks for any input. :confused:

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