PSYCHIATRIC PATIENTS WISHING TO LEAVE AGAINST MEDICAL ADVICE

  • Any patient brought in under a Section 23 is not allowed to leave until reviewed by a medical officer
  • An assessment of competancy and safety must occur before allowing any patient (including psychiatric patients) to leave
  • Any incompetent patient who is at risk to themselves or others can be prevented from leaving under duty of care or in cases of psychiatric patients, detained.
  • Appropriate physical and chemical restraint can be used to prevent an incompetant patient who is at risk from leaving
 
Disclaimer: Note: The information described here relates solely to operational matters in the Emergency Department.  Every effort has been made to verify the accuracy of the content. However, neither the author or the hospital will take responsibility for errors resulting from its use.  Please refer to your own departmental guidelines and verify all clinical decisions with a reliable source.  

Date Last Reviewed: 05/08/2004