Joan Rivers

Comedian Joan Rivers is reportedly in a medically-induced coma to relieve swelling in her brain after she stopped breathing during a routine endoscopy procedure at an outpatient clinic in NY yesterday.

Rivers, 81, was reportedly undergoing a non-surgical endoscopic procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy clinic when she experienced respiratory and cardiac arrest as a result of a lack of oxygen to her brain.

Rivers was transported to Mount Sinai hospital, where she remains in critical but stable condition in an intensive care unit.

During a routine endoscopy, a doctor inserts a long, flexible tube with a camera and light at the end of it into a patient’s throat to look for abnormalities on internal structures in the throat, esophagus or stomach.

99% of the time this procedure is safe and uneventful. But with every procedure there are always risks or complications involved. That’s why patients are required to sign a standard form acknowledging that they understand the risks that are involved.

Usually there are 2-3 people in the room with a patient who is undergoing a routine endoscopy procedure: a doctor, a nurse and, or a technician. If all 3 health professionals are distracted by watching the video monitor, no one is monitoring the patient to see if he or she is breathing.

At the end of the procedure, the patient does not wake up. This is when doctors and nurses are alerted that something has gone horribly wrong.

If a patient is undergoing a surgical procedure in a hospital, there is always an anesthesiologist monitoring the patient’s breathing and vital signs. The patient is also hooked up to machines that will beep loudly to alert the doctor that the level of carbon dioxide (C02) is rising to dangerous levels in the blood. C02 levels rise when a patient’s breathing slows to below 12 breaths per minute — or stops breathing altogether.

Once the breathing stops, the normal exchange of oxygen into the lungs and carbon dioxide out of the lungs does not occur. Hypoxia occurs when there is a lack of oxygen to the brain which leads to a dangerous build up of C02 in the brain that causes the brain to swell. Death occurs if the swelling is not decreased.

Doctors will give the patient medications to reduce the brain swelling so the brain can get oxygen.

Brain scans will tell doctors if there is any brain damage from the lack of oxygen and if Rivers’ brain is functioning at a level to sustain life.

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    • Matchsticks

      damn…I’m gonna keep her legacy going…

      Get better bytch! :waves:

      She would want it that way… :yes:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Ok :tea: Happy Birthday MJ we miss you :hug:

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      lets just be real here, she’s dead and there are trying to figure out how and when to announce it. same thing happened with MJ. he was dead when the ambulamps took him out of the house but they kept saying “coma”.

      coincidentally, its MJ’s bday and Rock witchu is on the radio right now. :buttshake: :danban:

      morning Rose bush :hi:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      and this has been your medical minute :tea: Brought to you by Sandra da Rose dot com

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      USER :yahoo: I will be bumping MJ All day :woot: that was my boy !

    • CaliYoruba

      Well DAYUM @User Friendly LOL

      I hope she recovers. I actually think her show is funny, it would be weird without her

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      luckily she was already filled with so much plastic they won’t have to embalm her

      :)

      do you Remember the times is on now :whistle:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      :headphones: listening to Heartbreak Hotel :whistle:

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      CaliYuruba she recently said that Palestinians “deserve to be dead” :smh:

      now she can tell them to their faces. :)

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      Don’t stop til you get enough is on :listen:

      keep on til you ________whats the words, Jenie??? Ive been saying bus stop for the past 30 years but I know thats wrong :confused:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Sandra you need to put up the 1995 MTV video music awards with MJ ….. CHILE CLASSIC …… Damn near a one man show :yahoo: :yahoo: Thank God for the youtube :nun: :bow: :yahoo:

    • Wasting time

      ambulamps
      ———
      :rofl:

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      amma lams? :shrugs:

    • SummerBaby

      Good morning y’all :waves:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Chile I am watching another part of me live with MJ :ghost: I’m bout to faint at my desk !

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5tyqEZaFHE Man, I just don’t care™

      Mornin and chit. :yawn:

      Hope Joan gets better. :yes:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      The audience is on 100000000000 !!!! No comparisons ever with Bey :rules: you have gots to be delusional !

    • Wasting time

      Keep on with the force don’t stop
      Don’t stop ’til you get enough

    • sassyshe

      This is sad didn’t expect joan to go out like this

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      User Friendly says:

      Don’t stop til you get enough is on :listen:
      keep on til you ________whats the words, Jenie??? Ive been saying bus stop for the past 30 years but I know thats wrong :confused:
      _________

      I say Boystof :confused: Hell I don’t know what it is …… I just be fawking jamming :yahoo: :yahoo:

    • ShadeQueen46

      Bish you better wake up! what about fashion police?!

    • Wasting time

      I already see Jenie gonna get me through this day !

      Thank You Ma’am! I appreciate you :yes:

    • http://dakrolak.wordpress.com/2014/08/03/yonce-onika-flawless-memes/ User Friendly

      :rofl: boystuff

      J if they did all that falling out at Bey concert y’all would say it was illuminati taking over their souls

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Wasting time says:

      Keep on with the force don’t stop
      Don’t stop ’til you get enough
      _________

      Boystof sounds better :headphones:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      Can I tell you youtube is everything ya here :nun: awwwwwwwwww ……. chile when you watch his concerts ….. man :tea: the numbers don’t lie…. the faints don’t lie :tea: Hell the passion don’t fawking lie :yahoo: I loved that man chile …. I didn’t care how weird he looked…. MJ Was it :nun:

    • Wasting time

      I used to sing
      “Keep on and the boys don’t stop; don’t stop til you get enough” :whistle:

      Mr. Time laughed at me for a week off that chit :no: He ain’t Loyal 😆

    • SummerBaby

      :newpost:

    • http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/db78ef2b213fd6958c1aa6773fe9a6dc?s=80 jeniefrumdabloc

      User Friendly says:

      :rofl: boystuff
      J if they did all that falling out at Bey concert y’all would say it was illuminati taking over their souls
      ___________

      Want happen :nono: she has way to many others on stage dancing with her to create the illusion :stop: MJ ….. all he had to do was literlly stand like a statue for 15 min….. folks was dead to ground>>>>?> chile :ghost: I even saw one cat pass out in a wheelchair….. chile they had to lift the wheel chair to ambulance….
      atleast 200 passed out before the show even got started good.,…. he was standing there…..

    • Lady_Elle

      Joan Rivers is funny as a comic… she takes risks… she is a B*tch!!!

      Calling Michelle Obama a tranny…

      Taking jabs at Whitney Houston posthumously…

      :violin:

    • Lady_Elle

      Going to the car to get some CD’s…. I can’t stream MJ at my desk.

      I don’t have him on the iphone…. I wish I had brought the ipad with me!

    • Jessie

      User Friendly says:

      lets just be real here, she’s dead and there are trying to figure out how and when to announce it. same thing happened with MJ. he was dead when the ambulamps took him out of the house but they kept saying “coma”.

      coincidentally, its MJ’s bday and Rock witchu is on the radio right now
      _______________________________________________________________________

      What is an “ambulamps?” The vehicle that carried MJ to the hospital is called an “ambulance”. LOL!!

    • CocoKhaleesi

      Sometimes medically induced comas still mean that the patient has a chance? I’m pretty sure she didn’t expect that to be her last day if she does passes

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      This old hag ain’t going anywhere. 😆

      She wouldn’t mind being called that either :rofl:

      Get Better :cheer:

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S8jrHDNQVE&list=HL1365174233 <–Doesn't Talk To Strangers

      Joan could’ve been a Rose :love:
      She got all the characteristics! :hahaha:

      EYE see somebody up top needs a Rose Dictionary 😮
      Do better Road Scowler :grill:

    • scorpio

      Hopefully she will be okay. Seems like she may need to slow down a little bit 81 is up there to do as much as she does all the time.

    • GottaBigOne

      Ms. Rose:

      You wrote the above-stated narrative about this particular medical procedure???
      (If So Very Well Done!)
      . . . ’cause if I did Not know any better I thought it would have come from Wikipedia or some other source.

      GBO