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?
Add to this
We carry a cell phone, call the hospital unit
and inform their nursing staff.
I follow the procedure stated in our policy
Friday, April 07, 2000 at 21:50:48 (CDT)
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
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
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)