I sent out the police yesterday to check on a patient who did not show up for his treatment. He never misses, he didn't answer the phone and his emergency contacts were unable to contact him. The police found him DOA
This thread is partly for me to process the death and partly because I want to know how often you all do wellness checks. I have known this patient for 7 years so this was a hard one for me. And when the poor dispatcher called me back to let me know (she must have been new), she started stumbling all over her words and finally said "oh s**t, can I just start over?"
She must have gone home kicking herself.
My question is, how often do you perform wellness checks on patients you cannot find? Do you do it on the first missed treatment or wait until they miss 2? Do the police departments ever give you that "OMG this is such a waste of my time" kind of reaction? Have you ever sent them to do a wellness check just to have them break down the door and find the home empty while your non adherent patient was out (probably at the store buying a gallon of orange juice and a bunch of bananas)?
This is the 3rd check I have performed in as many years where the patient has been found dead.