Patient :My brother in law tried to commit suicude. He was found barely breathing and unresponsive. He does not wish to live in a semi or comatose state. What questions do I need to advise the family to ask the Drs to find out how much brain capacity he will likely have? I'm a veterinarian, so I know they will likely speak in broad terms and say they can't say for sure. What statistics do I need to ask for?
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I understand your concern.
If he is unresponsive because of hypoxia then the primary question would be what's his oxygen saturation now? The lesser the saturation, the higher the chances of death.
Most importantly they will overall assess his state by the Glasgow coma scale ( GCS ), if according to this his score is less than 5, it is highly unlikely he won't be able to make it. So you can ask them the GCS score.
Besides, the hemoglobin and the amount of blood loss is also critical.
I hope I could help you a bit. Also, I will pray you and your family can overcome this and start leading a normal life soon.
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