To consider a different A&E for 2nd opinion?
xyzandabc · 10/07/2017 17:25
Short story. MIL dislocated her shoulder on Saturday. She's 72. They've sent her home untreated to see if it pops back in by itself. Follow up appointment this Friday, nearly a week after it happened.
Having googled, everything says it should have been reduced (relocated) before she left hospital. Even the NHS website says treatment is to put it back in in hospital. On TV 24 hours in A&E always put it back in!
It just seems a long time to leave anyone with a dislocated shoulder, in pain and unable to do the most basic tasks. It shows no signs of going back in so far and the bruising is getting worse. In fact several articles warn of the risks of leaving it untreated such as muscle damage and arthritis.
She is now staying with us as she obviously can not move her arm without pain. WIBU to take her to a different A&E where we live to check that the treatment (not) given was right?
Tattybogle89 · 10/07/2017 17:28
Oh my good god if it really is fully dislocated it needs put in?? What use is leaving it out?! She must be in agony! I have done this but it rolled back in within ten mins and it was more painful than delivering a ten pound baby, absolutely unbearable
I'm so surprised she's home??
WicksEnd · 10/07/2017 17:55
Your poor mum, that sounds awful, but maybe there's a valid reason, I can't think of one but I'm not a medic, honestly you'd not send a dog home with a dislocation, it sounds barbaric to me.
Surely the longer it's out the harder it's going to be to get put back in?
welshweasel · 10/07/2017 18:03
I would be amazed if she'd had a straightforward dislocation with no associated fracture and had received no treatment. If you're concerned why don't you pop back to the same A&E and ask? I'm sure they will be able to reassure you and explain the rationale for the treatment plan.
xyzandabc · 10/07/2017 18:09
The same A&E is where she lives, quite far from where we live, a long way for her to sit in the car.
TBH it was her friend who went with her, by the time they'd contacted DH and he'd driven there, they were out of hospital so he didn't hear anything they had to say.
It's obviously dislocated as one shoulder is 4 inches lower than the other. Though not to say something isn't broken too.
I'll get her to call 111 and tell them what she knows.
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