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Started May 1999

What Would you Do?

If you are on a walk with a group of psychiatric patients and one of them runs away through heavy vehicular traffic?

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We carry a cell phone, call the hospital unit and inform their nursing staff.
Friday, April 07, 2000 at 21:50:48 (CDT)

I follow the procedure stated in our policy regarding elopement.
Tuesday, November 02, 1999 at 16:08:42 (CST)
The person is in my care that that moment. If that person is a threat to others and to themselves, I would plead for them to come back, but i can not leave what's left of my group to chase one. I would file a complaint and contact the agency. Then I were not him/her in costody within a few hours, I'd have the family members contacted.
Tuesday, September 21, 1999 at 11:26:25 (CDT)
I would monitor all other patients and provide safety for them, the best of my ability.... If the patient was a huge risk to be outside it's poor judgement on you part.... I would return to the unit and report what happenend to the proper authority, Document everything. I wouldn't put myself at high risk.... jumping in front of a car......
Tuesday, September 14, 1999 at 14:00:15 (CDT)
That's happened to us only twice in 12 years. One patient was on a 302 and the other was a 201. We have been told that if someone leaves the group, and you can't verbally keep him with the group you let him/her go. We are not permitted to handle a patient off of hospital property due to liability. All we do is call in to the hospital and report it to staff. Normally a patient who is 201 will be discharged by midnight. With the 302 patient police must be notified if the Dr. doesn't discharge him at that time. Never try to stop a patient physically. Oh by the way, both patients ended up returning. One went out for a few drinks the other went to his bank.
Monday, June 14, 1999 at 15:21:58 (CDT)



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