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To turn of a ventilator to key someone die peacefully and quickly

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To turn of a ventilator to key someone die peacefully and quickly what is the process? And how long would you have to decide and could they do this over the weekend?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. K. replied 3 years ago.

Dr. K. : Hello, this is Dr K.. Answers are not medical advice and do not constitute a doctor/patient relationship. I look forward to helping you today. Please provide more info on the patients medical condition
JACUSTOMER-4p95epjo- : Hi yes my dad is on a ventilator due to cardiac arrest and organs are failing so sll that's keeping him alive is ventilator
JACUSTOMER-4p95epjo- : whats the process of removing it and will he pass away quickly and can this be done over weekend?
Dr. K. : Hi there. Im so sorry about your Dad. You will have to check with his drs as to the weekwnd but that should not be an issue. Does he have a living will? Have the Drs suggested he will not recover?
Dr. K. : sorry. Weekend
Dr. K. : When a ventilator is turned off the patient can be sedated with pain medication. The ventilator is then slowed and the patient is weaned off it. Its usually not a long and drawn out process
Dr. K. : You should ask his Dr about the services of a hospice that assists with end of life care
JACUSTOMER-4p95epjo- : But will it be hours or days?
Dr. K. : Usually very fast. Hours or less. Unfortunately sometimes patients linger for days. There is no way tompredict this