My mother, age 81, tripped while shopping. She had cut her eyebrow open and cut open her hand and had bruised knees. Instead of the shopping mall calling a squad, they called my sister to transport my mother to the hospital.
My sister provided background for my mother idicating she was being treated for nonhodgkins lymphoma. The ER doc never ordered a ct scan.
My mom had been living independently and was driving up until the "fall". Several weeks after the fall, my mother was totally nauseated. Her oncologist ordered the ct scan of the head and a neuro consult was brought in. Fall happened 6/8 and ct scan ordered 8/4. The neuro surgeon was concerned about her head, but her body started absorbing the blood and wanted her to come back in 6 months for follow up.
In the meantime my mom was supposed to start radation for her stomach. She felt so lousy (from head injury?) she declined to start radiation. We called in hospice and she was dead in exactly 2 weeks.
The death certificate listed non-hodgins lymphoma as immediate cause with blunt impact to head with subdural hematoma as contributing to death. Also manner of death was listed as: accident!
My first question is why wasn't ct scan ordered for open head injury of 81 year old woman. Also hospital was non-teaching.
Not sure where I should go from here. Looking for advice and suggestions.
She did have a good quality of life, and the non-hodgkins was being managed rather well.