Last week or so, my uncle had an assisted fall at home. As he was picked up, he got a nasty cut because he wouldn't hold still and he scraped against something.
It was actually a good thing this happened because the ER did blood work which showed low sodium. This required a two night hospital stay. We don't know why the sodium was low, could've been from a UTI that was being treated with antibiotics.
About a week later we went to the doctor as instructed for follow up blood tests. They expedited the results and the sodium was low again - 122. The doctor sent us to the ER across the road.
Uncle spent two nights at the hospital. On the day he was to be discharged, an occupational therapist came in and was rather nasty to us. She said that we needed to show her that we could care for uncle at home or he would be sent to a rehab facility. We were dumbfounded because they never made us do this after he broke his ankle. We asked why this was and the OT got even more of an attitude. She said it was because this was the second ER visit in a week. We said that it wasn't our fault, the doctor sent us here because of low sodium - something beyond our control.
I could understand this rule if it was another wound or broken bone, but it was because of blood work. In fact, both times he was admitted was because of blood work.
We were required to do transfers to and from the bed without putting his weight on his ankle. I explained that the set up at home was different but we would do the best we could. Thankfully we passed even though the chair moved when we transferred to the bed. The equipment we have at home does not move.
I later found out that in the 24 hrs prior, they had moved my uncle out of bed and he fell to the floor. He has a bruise on his hip. It took four nurses to move him back into a chair. They were shocked when I ( a small female) was able to do transfers by myself without problems. He weighs around 94 lbs. and is about 5 feet tall.
Anyway, has anyone encountered a rule like this? I asked the nurse about it and told her what happened, but her answer made no sense. She's actually the one who let it slip out about the fall, though she didn't actually use the word "fall."
As a side note, he also came home with a bed sore on his butt because they neglected to turn him every two hours. They left him laying on his butt for three days and two nights. We also had to explain to the OT that at home he sleeps on his side for 8 hrs a night so bed sores have never been a problem.