Usually, when a person goes to the hospital and is released, the patient leaves when the doctor gives the okay. I know we do....we can't wait to leave
However, not in this particular case.
A Connecticut hospital had to go to court to evict a patient who refused to leave the facility in a fight over a bed, but has been unable to
put the case to rest.
St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center managed to finally get Margo Smith to leave after 27 days -- 23 days after she was discharged -- and after
Smith's health care provider sent a special bed to her home.
But Smith is unhappy with the bed and is now petitioning for a better bed.
Smith was admitted to St. Francis with pneumonia and a urinary tract infection on Sept. 22, but refused to leave after doctors discharged her four
days later, according to a lawsuit filed with the Hartford Superior Court on Friday.
Smith left the hospital later that day after the court ruled in the hospital's favor, but both sides are accusing the other of unpleasant behavior.
According to the article, the hospital sought help from the court to have her removed so that they could use the bed, which was an acute level bed for
patients with medical needs.
-- She stayed 23 days after release date--
Evidently she had her old hospital bed at home removed, claiming it was deemed unsafe, and expected to stay in the hospital until she was furnished
with a $37,000 hospital bed.
The lawsuit also claims the "defendant has been verbally and physically abusive to staff, and often becomes belligerent and disruptive, resulting in
numerous complaints from other patients."
Of course, the patient denied these reports, and said she was treated unfairly.
Smith told ABCNews.com she is confined to bed because of a paralyzing arthritis and a condition that has resulted in her hip and pelvis being fused
"Prior to her release, social services had sent a new bed to Smith's home, but it was the wrong one, Smith claimed. And she is unhappy with the
Now, I can understand needing outside help but the hospital is not the one responsible for home care or replacing beds.
In fact, most hospitals have a social worker that can help you out and point you in the right direction as far as contacting the correct
I know, unfortunately we've had to use their help in the past when not sure what to do or where to get certain equipment.
This lady clearly abused her stay and expected a hand out from the hospital. They did their part and treated her for what she had been admitted for.
As far as allergies goes, my husband gets a rash when he stays there due to the bleach used when washing the sheets. But instead of bitching &
complaining about it, I bring a t-shirt and a towel for him to lay on and deal with the rash when we get home.
If people were allowed to stay in a hospital for no reason other than for 'convenience', well then the people, such as my husband, who are truly in
dire need of medical help, would be left without a room.
Just goes to show....you try to help some one by treating them and yet they expect more.
Part of the 'entitlement' problem????
ETA: MODS not sure which forum to put this in, move if need be....thanks
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