i am a clinician for inpatient psychiatry. having a continuing problem with contraband on the unit. am planning skills updates and inservices on proper search of patients as well as rooms and other areas of unit. am tired of reinventing the wheel...so would be interested in sharing information on safety, contraband, visitor restrictions and other areas of psychiatric policy and procedures.
Nov 15, '03
I work in a locked admissions unit at a VA Facillity. They are voluntarily handing in their clothing & changing into hospital pajamas, usually. It is hospital policy that all new admissions be searched for contraband & weapons in the presence of the station police- they are federal police officers & nursing staff. Patients must have a doctors order to be in street clothing on our unit. Those patients that are not cooperative with being searched upon admission usually are either hiding something to smuggle into the unit or so acutely psychotic so as to be uncooperative with anything requested & are in restraints. We make every attempt to preserve dignity & privacy with searching new admissions. Male staff for men & female staff for females. It is not something we enjoy but it is necessary for the safety of our staff, other patients & the new admission themselves. No MD order is needed to search a new admission as this is hospital policy at our facillity. Also I might add that most of our patients are committed & Krull/ forensic with a few scatter voluntary usually Sub Induced Mood Disorder or Psychosis NOS.
Last edit by TitaniaSidhe on Nov 15, '03