To be put in ICU in the first place indicates that the wounds were somewhat more serious than being peppered.
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"To be put in ICU in the first place indicates that the wounds were somewhat more serious than being peppered."
I wondered about that yesterday. If these were just pellets imbedded in skin or muscle, there would be no reason for the ICU. Apparently X-rays showed the pellet in the heart muscle. That can cause problems in the first few days, so they were being conservative and popped him into the ICU.
I thought that as well when I heard about him being in ICU
Not necessarily - as someone who has been in small, rural hospitals - the hospital floor is often something akin to the level of care of a nursing home or rehab facility while the ICU, has a level of care roughly equivalent to a modern, up-to-date hospital floor.
Put another way, the only way to get any sort of real care is to be in the ICU. Not to mention if you put someone in ICU you have more control of visitors which could be a key consideration in this case.
I worked in a 16 bed ICU for about 15 years, and so feel safe in telling you that not every patient is in there because of their condition.
ICU is typically the most restricted and secure unit, barring psych units, in which a patient can be placed. We often had a patient who was political, a prisoner, or in need of protection/restricted access placed in ICU regardless of condition.
Not really, depending on the meaning of "peppered" The shot did penetrate the skin, just didn't hit anything important, at least not right away. The guy is 78 years old after all.