Finally, I would say be nice to involuntary patients. They are some of our sickest and most dangerous patients and will likely benefit from remaining in our care. They may make us angry, and they may be a lot of work, but these patients need us. Like all human beings, those in need of emergency care may well appreciate small acts of kindness.
Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 36 – No 07 – July 2017
As difficult as involuntary care may be, the truth is that it’s better to have a traumatized patient than a dead patient. Still, there are times when involuntary treatment could be avoided or when the trauma could be mitigated. It’s effort worth making.
Dr. Miller is an instructor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and has a private psychiatry practice in Baltimore. She is coauthor of Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care and Shrink Rap: Three Psychiatrists Explain Their Work.