My dad was given fentanyl to help keep him sedated after having his pacemaker put in. Since given the fentanyl he had to be given feeding tube, intubated, and has been unconscious for 3 days.
7 Jan 2013
Have they told you its from the fentanyl? Are they continuing to give it to him? If not something has gone wrong. Fentanyl half life is only 3.5 hrs. That means in a day it should be out of his system, unless he has decreased kidney function, then it may take a little longer.
8 Jan 2013
Is he still intobated and receiving tube feeds. They may be using a combination of fentanyl and versed to keep him sedated if he's still intobated. He was likely intubated for the procedure, although you can correct me if I'm wrong, and the medical team may feel he's not ready to extubate. Could be related to age, if was given too much sedation prior to the procedure which would be why they used narcan. Or post procedure, he may have received too much medication which compromised his air way and they re-intubated. Any more background you could give would be helpful. Best wishes.
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