I am responding to a hospice patient. I heard that if we transport them to the hospital, it nullifies their hospice contract. Is this correct?
- No. The best thing to do when dispatched to a patient receiving hospice care is to determine what the family and patient needs are. Often the family panics over a change in the patient and their instinct is to call 911. If possible, take a moment to figure out exactly what the family needs and contact the hospice nurse (or on-call nurse). Many times, with a little support, things can be handled without a trip to the hospital. In other cases, a trip to the hospital may be completely warranted. For instance, if a cancer patient falls and breaks their hip, they should go to the ER. Either way, do what you think is best based on the circumstances and don’t forget to contact a supervisor or medical control if you have questions regarding a specific case.
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