drunk EDO

  1. had episode in ER today. Can you EDO a drunk person who makes statements about harming self? What if a (only) drunk person wants to leave ER, can you hold them or do you let them walk out into street? Risk mgt says you can not EDO drunk person until sober and call cops when you let a drunk person leave, but try hard to talk them into sleeping it off (SIO protocol). any thoughts?
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  3. by   nurse2033
    What's EDO? Mental health hold?
  4. by   Pixie.RN
    Emergency detainment order, most likely.
  5. by   pm2rn
    yes. 72 hour hold.
  6. by   emtb2rn
    Hold until sober or a (sober) ride comes in to pick them up. If talking self-harm, automatic hold until sober and can get psych eval. We get a lot of sad drunks who retract their si statements when the booze wears off.
  7. by   morte
    oft what is said under the influence is truer than not.....they still need help.