HI everyone...I am so glad that I found this site. I am reading these posts like a sponge.
My boyfriend ended up in ICU after a brain aneurysm rupture, then strokes from the vasospasms afterwards (at brainstem). After many life threatening episodes, and a failed brain shunt, he was moved out yesterday to a step down IICU unit. They didn't notify us and I walked into his room last night at 730pm and saw an empty bed. After digging, I found out that because he was breathing on a trach collar (off vent) for over 24 hourse, they felt he was the best candidate to move. The dr. that signed his release from ICU is denying that was the case, even though a PA told me so.
When I found him across the hall, he was in distress (sweating profusely and 02 level lower than I had seen in ICU ). The nurse had no clue about anything to do with him. He was also moved to a small room that had no ventilation. I made the ICU PA come over and see him. What concerned me the most was
that he was only off vent for a 1.5 days after the final shunt repair surgery, and the new room has no vent. The bag (hand pump for breathing) wasn't even there..found out they forgot to move it with him.
I made them go get one before I could leave for the night.
Thoughts? I am extremely agitated and stressed.