Life Following a Persistent Vegetative State Diagnosis
Following coma recovery, some patients may be in a persistent vegetative state. While a patient in this state is technically alive, this is in the most basic sense. Patients are able to breathe and continue general life functions; however, they may not be aware of their surroundings and may not be able to interact or communicate with the people around them.
Ohio medical malpractice attorneys can help families address the costs required to care for the patient in life after the injury and diagnosis:
- nursing care;
- medical equipment; and
- medical procedures.
Care for Persistent Vegetative State Patients
Care is necessary for an individual in a coma, and after recovery it is still required if the patient is in a vegetative state. This may include nursing care to ensure proper hygiene and perform joint exercises. Individuals in this state lack bowel and bladder control, and proper care is needed to address this as well. Nutrition must be administered, too.
The individual may be in a nursing home or in a hospital while in this state of consciousness. Those who have been in a state of vegetation for longer than 12 months may have a very low chance of recovery, while recovery may even be slim if in the state for longer than three months. This may necessitate long-term or lifetime care, along with the high costs that come with it.