My Dad recently passed away. The death certificate said pneumonia as number 1 cause and accident at home, broken ribs as number 2 cause. Could we have prevented this? His blood pressure had dropped very low when my Mom took him to the hospital. He was having trouble breathing. He also had heart trouble.
The echogram showed his heart was working only at 25%.
He had been getting weaker and weaker over the last few months and then when he broke his ribs, he seemed to really get weak. He had some fluid around his heart and a high white cell count. The doctor decided to take care of the infection first and not to drain the flood around the heart. He kept an ice bag on his lower left side to help relieve the pain in his ribs and used a heating pad too at times. He was taking pain medication for awhile, but said it didn't help that much. Any help would be appreciated.