5150 patient absconded from the ER........ - page 3

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,... Read More

  1. by   TazziRN
    Quote from Noryn
    Unless someone has developed cellulitis from a cat bite, it really isnt an emergency. A routine medical evaluation for a psych pt isnt an emergency.
    The cat bite is an urgency, which qualifies for an ER visit. She needed IV abx as well as a HyperTet, neither of which the PMD's office would carry/do. Cat bite cellulitis, as I'm sure you are aware, can result from a bite within hours, so quick treatment is essential.

    Psych pts on a hold are considered an emergency also. They have a medical problem that, if left unattended, can escalate (or decomp, depending on how you look at it) to a life-threatening problem if not dealt with.

    I am not trying to argue with you, but you and I just see things differently. I understand your point of view, I just don't agree with it.

    As for feeding pts, it's not something we do routinely, believe me!