Dr. Sampson Davis shares advice before going to the hospital.

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when my dad was being taken when he was in the UM in his rehab center and his oxygen level was like around 80 I called you and I said you know dr. Samson they want to take my dad to a hospital and should we just leave him at the rehab center just to see if like you know we just want him to be comfortable we knew that it it was dire for him and we also knew that the hospitals were very overcrowded at that point um and you said no babe you gotta get your dad to a hospital he will not be comfortable with 80 percent oxygen that’s not gonna be in Russian what are some of the other things you can tell people because I’m because I was just wanted to Tamron hall show talking about my dad

I’ve had so many people call and ask about you know if my if my elderly parent comes down with Kovac and they’re taken to the hospital what are the questions that we should be asking whether things we should be looking out for because you also told me you know Beth you know ventilators and all that you know it’s obviously up to you but we’re like seeing bad things happening to people that are on ventilators mostly at that age so if you could just kind of talk a little bit about questions that families can be asking of doctors once their family members are have contracted Kove it and um once they go to a hospital elderly family yeah that’s a great question babe and and we all know one person is not the same as another person so yeah I think you have the person for most with our parents and our mature population you have to keep in mind what are their wishes how would they want to proceed if they didn’t have a choice in their healthcare and that moment yes yes in the choice should have mentioned

I should have mentioned that that you actually asked me about that without with my dad you asked me about you know did he ever do not resuscitate and all that so yes and my daddy did not want it beyond tubes and machines so go on that’s right and so I think that’s that’s the person for most important aspects and to consider if you’re your parent your grandparent one beyond normal measures taken and that doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything to cause their death it’s just saying that you’re honoring their wishes to sort of have a quality of life that is in line with their philosophy and what they want their life to be and so that’s the person for most and paramount and then you know you go from there you have to deal with the presentation like I know what your father it’s oxygen drop but going to put him on oxygen at the hospital is not a heroic measure at all it’s a very basic measure to do to give him a chance that reason his normal state or any patient between a normal state the same with intravenous or IV fluids but it’s when we start to intubate or put a patient on a ventilator that we’re saying are we going above and beyond

I have a few colleagues now two of them who are both on ventilators one is going dialysis unfortunately he’s not showing any brain activity and so the you know so now he’s being kept alive and and we don’t know what is going to come but I don’t know if he and I don’t know his personal wishes but I don’t know if he would want to go to such extremes if there was no promise of a normal life and so that’s what we just want to keep in mind of and these are hard emotional decisions to make I I know we were sticking of nursing homes and I don’t know if you know beby but I lost my brother last Thursday hasn’t a nursing home he passed away and so it’s you know so it’s it’s it is happening like it’s real out and as far as this virus is concerned and it is attacking the most vulnerable population but at the same time I think keeping paramount and foremost in your mind what your loved ones would want is important to honor that to have that discussion with them as well as a comfortable discussion but to have that discussion and to then consult with your physician your health care provider to make sure you’re staying within the borders of what that wish maybe for that loved one of yours

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