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December 22, 2021

Would this case qualify as a PTOS patient….I’m not sure because of the location of the fall? This patient came to the ED with GI issues. The patient had been triaged and was waiting in the ED waiting room to be seen when she had a trip and fall in the ED waiting room while walking to the restroom. The fall resulted in a femur fracture and a scalp laceration. I know that if the patient was an Inpatient in our hospital resulting in a fall and a fracture that it would be excluded, but I’m not sure since at the time of the fall, she had not yet been admitted?

No, this patient won’t be PTOS if the injury happened in your hospital while they were a patient. They do not need to be officially admitted, may be in ED or observation.

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