A stay in the hospital can be a difficult event for a New Yorker. Spending time away from home, off work, and unable to care for one’s family can be hard to manage for many. Once discharged from the hospital, not all individuals find comfort and relief. This is because not all medical discharges are properly administered.
This post will address the many problems that can arise when patients are discharged from medical centers. While careful planning can mitigate many of these problems, not all medical facilities take the time to provide their patients with proper discharge care. This informational post does not provide medical or legal advice but is intended to inform readers of how medical malpractice may arise in the context of discharges. Personal injury attorneys should be consulted by those who have been harmed by negligent discharge care.
Who should be cleared for medical discharge?
Patients spend varying lengths of time in the hospital. Some individuals may be sent home mere hours after their procedures, while others may spend weeks as in-patients, recovering from their surgeries. The individual needs of patients should dictate if and when they are discharged.
Discharge from a hospital does not necessarily mean that a patient is healed. In fact, a patient may still have significant medical needs when they are released from a medical facility’s care. They may be sent home, or they may be sent to a separate facility for additional therapy and support.
When a patient is discharged, they should understand their condition and their road to further recovery. When hospitals fail to communicate proper discharge procedures, patients can be left without the resources to complete their healing and regaining their health.
Problems during the discharge process
As mentioned, a lack of communication between a hospital and a patient can lead to injuries and losses when a discharge happens. Similarly, a patient who is discharged too early may end up returning to the hospital if they are unable to manage their condition outside of the institution. Patients should not be discharged until they are ready, and when they are forced out they can suffer significant losses.
Medical discharges are an important part of patient care planning. When discharges are disregarded, they can cause pain, loss, and suffering. Medical malpractice attorneys may be able to help individuals who have suffered due to bad or early medical discharges.