Author: Manasa Mouli, MD

Resident Physician Contributing Writer

Tufts University School of Medicine

Manasa is a PGY-2 resident physician in internal medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

How You Die: When Patients Are in Prison

“Direct Admit: bounceback 72M recurrent pleural effusion, new diplopia,” my pager beeped with our new admission. As a “bounceback” admission, this 72-year-old male would be returning to our service after recently discharging from the hospital. This type of admission often indicates that a problem recurred or an issue was not fully addressed during the most recent hospitalization.