Can i request to be intubated?

I being gpoing through pul.onary embolism on both lungs. It hurts when o breath. They already got me in icu due tp clot in my legs and lungs. I dont see wjy they cant help me. Cuz at least that way i wouldnt have to struggle to breath

3 Answers

  • Jason
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Heck no. Intubation comes with some serious risks. The first thing we do when we put someone on a ventilator is try to determine how we'll get them off as quickly as possible. 

    One of the key metrics every ICU keeps track of is ventilator days -- the longer you are on the vent, the higher your risk of death. Every day you are on the ventilator increases your risk of death by another 12% independent of other illness factors. The vent doesn't fix anything. It won't get rid of that feeling of not being able to breathe -- in fact, it will make it worse. That's why we give sedation to people on the vent. If you are adequately exchanging gases, you don't need a ventilator. If you are capable of writing this question. you are a LONG way from needing to be intubated. And like all serious procedures with high risk, they are not done by request. 


    Source(s): Respiratory therapist (B.S., RRT, RPFT) Working on my masters in nursing
  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    you can ask them about it

  • 1 year ago

    You cant be that ill if you can still manage to logon and access yahoo answers/.

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