Vegetative patients

You have probably Post-anesthesia Care Unit or Post Operative Critical Care Unit. I want to ask if the patient’s hospital stay location is in ICU / ITU / HDU after an anesthesia-based operation / operation treatment in the following circumstances:

(1) patient is in what is referred by NHS or similar though offensive to vegetarians as being in “vegetative state” (awake but not aware) ie less than 4 weeks? See below

(2) patient is in what is referred in NHS or similar though offensive to vegetarians as being “persistent vegetative state” (awake but not
aware) ie more than 4 weeks? See below

(3) patient is in what is referred in NHS or similar though offensive to vegetarians as being “permanent vegetative state” or as being “unresponsive wakefulness syndrome” or minimally conscious (all meaning awake but not aware) ie more than 3 months / 6 months / 1 year? See below

(4) patient is in what is referred in NHS or similar though offensive to mothers as being “coma” (lack both awaking and awareness)? See below

The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RSCH) does not have any patients coming to the Trust’s critical care unit following anaesthesia based operations with patients being in any of the above mentioned four states – vegetative / persistent vegetative / permanent persistent vegetative / coma – therefore the response is zero for all four categories. (A neurological ICU would almost certainly have post op patients in those categories but not the RSCH).

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