“safely discharged”?

hand drowningFrom a press release about newly published research. The title of the press release is Fentanyl overdose survivors require little if any hospital treatment

“Our protocol should give emergency physicians and nurses the confidence to allocate the appropriate resources to the patients who truly need them, especially when there is a wave of fentanyl overdoses that threaten to overwhelm the hospital,” Scheuermeyer said. “If the patients meet our definition of low-risk, physicians and nurses should also feel comfortable letting patients leave if they want to.”

Number of times the following words appear:

  • referral = 0
  • continuing care = 0
  • linkage = 0
  • treatment = 2 (the context is as follows)
    • “don’t need prolonged hospital treatment”
    • ” leading to unnecessary treatment that strains hospital resources”

The only reference to trying to address the disorder that nearly killed the patient is this:

Patients also received visits from a social worker who asked them about their need for housing and detoxification programs.

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2 responses to ““safely discharged”?

  1. Appalling. However, it will save the system a lot of money…in the short term.

  2. Maureen

    The sad truth is that the stigma is still strong , medical people are still uneducated, and letting addicts leave is letting them die. Sounds like letting people die has become a solution to the problem that their overdosing is causing the hospitals.

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