Quote from nola1202
I'm suprised the hospital let her stay, most hospitals, even if the loved one is minutes away from death (i remember one with a heart rate of 40 and irreg, no bp to speak of, the hospital called hospice and I wondered if they'd get her before she died or if she'd die on the way to the hospice. I've worked utilization review and couldn't find a way to make a dying person fit criteria, ironic.
We have an acute hospice unit at the 2 hospitals the company I work for runs. This case just mentioned would be exactly the type of patients that would be sent up there. It's usually those that have hrs to a few weeks. Very nice units. I actually think it's great. Patients like this should go to hospice, whether in a hospice facility, hospice in the hospital or at home. Much better then dying in a hospital room. The hospice unit in our hospital is utilized a lot.