Who dropped the ball here, the police or the hospital? - page 4
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Jun 21, '09Occupation: I am about to embark on a new adventure as a state nursing home inspector/ surveyor. Specialty: 32 year(s) of experience in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg ; Joined: Oct '08; Posts: 1,985; Likes: 2,073When I worked in a county hospital in Houston the rule was that if you wanted to take the patient to jail after treatment that you had to stay with the patient. We made it clear that we were not law enforcement and we had no legal right to hold someone. We could not arrest them or hold them against their will. Sometimes they would drop them off and tell us to call when we were finished. Most often the patient just walked out. One police officer got REALLY mad at me for "letting the patient go" because in actuality he was supposed to have been staying with the patient but he did not. His watch commander was up his ass.
Jun 21, '09Specialty: OB, HH, ADMIN, IC, ED, QI ; From: US ; Joined: Jun '06; Posts: 2,340; Likes: 2,045"One police officer got REALLY mad at me for "letting the patient go" because in actuality he was supposed to have been staying with the patient but he did not. His watch commander was up his ass. " quoted from Diane227's post#39
Another "kick the dog case" (from Psych 101)
If there's one thing I've learned from half a century of nursing, it's that you can't depend on others to do the job they've been assigned. You have to make sure you and the other person are clear about each other's responsibilities and insist that they do theirs, or call their supervisor.
Jun 21, '09Joined: Jun '09; Posts: 2; Likes: 2Unless one of my pts is on a5150 or in formal custody WITH an officer at bedside or deemed unable to make medical decisions for themselves. They have the right to leave AMA. To keep the pt against their will, would be your license for the taking.