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Old 08-02-2011
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What should you do if you have a pt (72) that became hospitalized
repeatedly and in deed need nursing home care? But the family does not
want that. Should you keep the pt admitted again, ask court to pick one
who will handle this, refuse or make a family meeting with patient. The
question also mentioned that the patient does not speak English

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can you post up the whole question wit the options ?

Since you said that there is an option of having a family meeting .. INITIALLY the best step would be to have a family meeting and tell them what is best for the patient.

And since the pt doesnt speak anglais you would get a interpreter to understand/ talk with the patient.

Other than that, In such a case you would listen to the patients wishes, if he/she is incompetent or comatosed etc then you would see if there is any signed directive or living will and if none you will move on to next of kin. BUT if it is absolutely necessary that the pt moves to the nursing home coz proper care cant be provided at home then you would take the issue to the court to resolve it.
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