My facility is pretty lax in monitoring of psych patients on night shift, regardless of whether they are on assault precautions, suicide precautions, escape precautions, or fall precautions. Patients are free to roam the facility during night shift when there are very few staff, which IMO places both staff and patients at risk. I'm wondering how other facilities monitor their patients.
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Yes, I know this is a disaster waiting to happen. Part of the problem is insufficient staff with our hospital setup while another problem is the MHW who are lax in their supervision of patients.
Safety is only as good as the milieu.
It wouldn't take much to upset the apple cart at your facility.
It is just a matter of time before the comfort of naivety/denial gives way to the harsh realities.
Currently, it sounds like your facility is just short of being the best kept secret of a Personality Disorder paradise.
You have big hugs coming to you....you need them.
Last edit by Thunderwolf on Jul 13, '08