Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, 79, on Tuesday was put under sedation in the ICU at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), where he was admitted with fever and breathlessness on the morning of December 24.
“He continues to remain critical but haemodynamically stable, which means his heart rate and blood pressure is under control. He is not in coma, he is not on ventilator support, he is on respiratory support. His condition, however, requires close monitoring,” said AIIMS spokesperson Dr Amit Gupta.
Sedation involves putting the patient in a “semi-conscious state”, as opposed to very deep unconsciousness associated with medically-induced coma. “Sedation eases pressure on the lungs and is part of oxygen-therapy protocol,” said Dr Gupta.
Sayeed is currently on essential antibiotic and anti-fungal medicines. His blood count was low and had been given blood transfusion but doctors say he does not require blood or blood products as of now.
“Since he has developed pneumonia and has had a previous history of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a progressive disease of the lungs that makes it difficult to breathe, he has been put on oxygen therapy. He is not in coma but needs to be kept sedated as part of the treatment protocol,” he added.
Sayeed was flown in from Srinagar, Kashmir in a state aircraft, on the morning of December 24 after he complained of some uneasiness and fever.
The team of experts monitoring Sayeed’s condition include Dr Rita Sood (Professor of Medicines), Prof Mohammad Ashraf Ganaie (Endocrinologist), Dr Tulika Seth (Hematology) and Prof. PN Dogra (Urology), among others.