What to do with combative residents?


I'm not a nurse, but I wonder what a nurse should do for this under some conditions. If the resident is A&Ox3, do you call the police if they are combative? If they are not, do you just try to change the environment and if that doesn't work can you send them out to the hospital for psych evaluation? Do you need an order to send a resident out for psych reasons?

CoffeeRTC, BSN, RN

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Has 25 years experience.

If there is an urgent need for safety, I'm calling 911. I try to never let it get to that point.

Specializes in Geriatric/Sub Acute, Home Care. Has 17 years experience.

If a patient is so out of control and intervention of staff does not control them and calm them down...then I would call 911.