Keith and Katie discuss the period when Keith was in hospital. Keith spent several days in an intensive care unit, followed by time in a high dependency unit and a cardiac ward before being discharged home. He has no memory of his time in hospital until he was admitted to the general cardiac ward. Katie shares her memories of waiting in the accident and emergency department and recalls being in a total panic. She vividly remembers the hospital doctor who told her of a similar patient who had an OHCA and who had recently gone home, as this gave her hope that things would be okay. Despite the fact that Keith had a very bad reaction to one of the drugs he was given, Katie says that she knew he was going to survive. She feels very fortunate in that they had family who worked in the hospital and who knew how to ask for information and which questions to ask. When he was in the high dependency unit and withdrawing from the strong drugs he had been given in the intensive care unit, Keith became very confused. Katie was reassured that this confusion was only temporary and that Keith had not suffered any brain damage.
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