Difficult inpatient-stay denials
A 79-year-old patient was scheduled to have an elective cardiac ablation which went well, but the patient developed hypotension post procedure. In a previous ablation procedure, the patient had a similar response post ablation with hypotension requiring several days of hospitalization. The most recent hypotension required Levophed. The patient was also diagnosed with a UTI prior to the ablation and antibiotics were on-going.
Patient was admitted to the hospital for orbital cellulitis IV treatment. The patient presented with left eye redness and pain with movement, especially over the left gaze. There was no history of recent trauma. Maxillofacial CT showed mild left globe proptosis with preseptal edema, mild rectus enlargement with possible surrounding fatty stranding. As per ophthalmology patient was thought to have possible orbital cellulitis and placed on broad-spectrum IV antibiotic therapy. The patient, who also had a history of drug abuse, decided to leave against medical advice while being treated.
An 80-year-old patient with a past medical history of atrial fibrillation, arthritis, congestive heart failure, COPD, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, history of PE, pacemaker GERD, arrived in the Emergency Department with chest pain which had been occurring for a week.
A 48-year-old male patient was admitted for fluid overload with symptoms of shortness of breath and weakness due to missing hemodialysis appointments. The patient had a significant past medical history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, atrial fibrillation, end-stage renal disease and was on hemodialysis three times a week. When admitted, the patient was also complaining of a recurrent abscess in the mouth previously drained but not treated due to a missed follow-up. The patient was admitted for incision and drainage of the abscess and IV antibiotics.
Patient with SCC oropharyngeal cancer was admitted to the hospital with alcohol withdrawal. No beds were available at a detox center; therefore, the patient was brought to the Emergency Department for help.
Patient with a history of asthma and a high BMI was admitted with asthma exacerbation and a wound infection.
A 66 year-old patient undergoing total hip arthroplasty. The patient received an ASA score of 3, having multiple comorbidities including asthma and need for postoperative supplemental oxygen therapy.
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