CHP initiated a 5150 on a psych pt and called the ambulance for transport. Medic says pt needs medical clearance and brings him to us instead of taking him to a psych facility. We are a 6-bed ER, with two RNs and a tech on at a time. My coworker and the tech were behind a door taking care of a sick baby, so I had the rest of the ER. CHP decided that he didn't need to stay to babysit the pt so he said "Call me if you need me." Like a fool I let him go. I checked on the pt frequently, even got him a dinner tray. Fifteen minutes later his bed was empty and he was gone, along with the knife from the tray. I started storming about how I shouldn't have let the cop leave, and the doc tried to pin it on me! Yes, I bear some of the responsibility, but how was I supposed to babysit him and take care of the other 4 pts???
Yes, I called dispatch, and I also called my manager. She is supporting me but I have been kicking myself with "I should have's" and "What if's?"