Life as a Play: The Discharge/Kidnapping

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The Discharge/Kidnapping

Me [to Floor Nurse (FN)]: The patient is A+Ox3 and refusing to be transported to the SNF for rehab.
FN: He’s not in his right mind. Just tell him you’re taking him home.
Me: Um. That would be lying AND kidnapping.
FN: Let me call the daughter [dials number and hands me the phone]
Me: Hello, this is John with EMS. Your father is in his right mind and refusing to be transported to the SNF for rehab.
Daughter: He’s not in his right mind.
Me: He’s answered every question for us perfectly. He’s legally in his right mind.
Daughter: No, He’s just being a butt head.
Me: That may be, ma’am, but if we transport him to rehab against his will that’s called kidnapping.
Daughter: Put him in the phone.
Me [hands phone to patient]
Patient: Hello? [pause] NO! I AM NOT GOING TO REHAB!
Me [Hands clipboard to FN]: Sign here please.
FN [sighs and signs refusal]
Me: Have a nice day.

I seriously worry for our geriatric folks. Just because a person is older does not mean they can’t think for themselves and make decisions regarding their personal matters.