Combative Patients/Body cams/Walkie talkies - page 5

One day I was sitting at a Starbucks near a State run hospital. I saw two healthcare professionals walk in in their scrubs. I don't know what their position was but they had what looked like body... Read More

  1. by   ~♪♫ in my ♥~
    So Stig, I really don't understand what you're asking or fretting about.

    I answered your question about "how you deal with combative patients" very succinctly and I was not being facetious in the least. You respond with as many people as it takes to overwhelm the patient and physically/chemically restrain them until they calm down.

    Please note that I am referring specifically to combative patients, not ones who are agitated or acting out. The latter are labeled 'pre-combative' in my personal taxonomy and I'm generally successful at talking or singing them down... yeah, singing really works (read up on the use of music therapy with demented patients... pretty amazing stuff happens).

    Your notion of using a stern voice and invective is generally the surest means of escalating the situation and getting yourself fired and sanctioned.

    I really have no idea what you're talking about regarding hugging a patient who's threatening staff with a syringe though I immediately question what dumb-donkey left a needled syringe in a room, particularly with a confused or agitated patient.
  2. by   lavenderskies
    Vocera. That's my vote.