We brought my father to the ER 11 days ago because he collapsed in his bedroom. He hit his head hard on his dresser table. He was conscious when we reached him but not able to stand or sit without support. He was slurring all his words and unable to to tell us what day it was etc. We called the paramedics and the said his vitals were good but took him in because of the disorientation, slurring an instability. At the ER he had a cat scan which came back clear. No stroke activity of bleeds. He suddenly became very agitated and started to rip the IVs etc out. The staff had to put him in restraints. He fought against the restraints and did not settle down. They gave him ativan and he still fought. Eventually he resisted less and they decided to keep him overnight for observation. He was agitated and still fighting the restraints in observation. They gave him a dose of Haldol because he was so aggressive. While a nurse was inserting an IV that had come out in the struggle he went into V-fib (Cardiac arrest) They started compressions immediately and shocked him 3 times to bring his heart back in rhythm. He was then moved to ICU and intubated. He was given an echocardiogram which came back saying his heart was only working 20-25%. He was sedated and on the ventilator for 6-7 days and they tried to wean him off several times. On the 6th or 7th day he was able to breathe with a mask. He slowly came out of the sedation, but it took 24-36 hrs for him to become alert and communicate. There was no brain damage detected on his MRI or cat-scan after the v-fib. While on the mask he developed pneumonia. He became agitated and restless off sedation. At one point he began to hyperventilate and his oxygen plummeted. Due to low oxygen and severe agitation (he wouldn't let them suction out the mucous, kept his lips pursed) the sedated and intubated him again. They just completed another echo and it came back that his heart was now working 55-60% (which is in the low normal range) He still has pneumonia and a 101.4 fever. I was disappointed he needed to go back on the tube, but understand. Maybe it is a good thing that he is so sedated because he is so agitated and keeps trying to get out of bed or pull out his tubes. The staff and his family cannot rationalize with him that this is for his own good or settle him down, Anyone else have experience with this type of severe agitation / anxiety?????