Trying to advise a friend on hospital discharge procedures
May 26, 2011 4:13 PM Subscribe
Asking for a friend re Northern California situation. A friend's close relation was struck by a car while walking in a crosswalk and was seriously injured. She has had several surgeries and will need several more. The family has a personal injury attorney for the claims against the driver. My question on behalf of my friend and her relation is about how to prevent the hospital from discharging her (seemingly) without an appropriate discharge plan.
posted by ClaudiaCenter to health & fitness (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My friend's relation was seriously injured when she was struck by a car while she was walking in a crosswalk. She was hospitalized for about a week or so -- had a surgery at one hospital, was transferred to hospital number two, had surgery at second hospital.
My friend's concern is that her relative was released while still in great pain, disoriented, unable to care for herself, unable to get out of bed independently, unable to use the bathroom independently, still needing wound care, using a wheelchair with great assistance, unable to negotiate stairs, etc. The relative does not presently qualify for IHSS (California state-supported funds for in-home support services) because she is receiving state disability insurance, putting her over the income requirements. The family has been scrambling to assemble care, and they are wondering if there is a way to get more care out of the medical slash insurance system for the next surgeries.
I've asked around, and the only suggestion I've gotten is to try to convince the treating MD to order physical therapy in a skilled nursing facility or rehabilitation center.
Any additional tips re getting her into a "step down" facility, or thoughts on how to get this type of doctor's order? This person is privately insured, and the hospital is supposed to be state of the art. (But maybe this is just our system, so why am I surprised.)