To my last patient part 3 of 4 poses a number of problems that cause further psychological harm to inpatient on this rehabilitation unit. The fear they demonstrated throughout this lengthy stay was insurmountable. It’s sad that these patients were more concerned about my well-being following the assault they witnessed than staff themselves. Safety is always a priority. How safe can anyone feel while being hospitalized?
Family members or patient advocates need to monitor their loved ones while they are recovering. Some one needs to look out for their safety. Who knows what the other people on the unit are going through, but most importantly their angry and healthy loved ones? Violence inside hospitals is rarely discussed and most often have gag-orders or simply a professional “keep-quiet” code to prevent from hitting the media.
On this very same unit a patient was arrested for murder in another state. Staff was upset they arrested him during day time therapies. That is a misfortune that others would not be more concerned that the diagnosis was incorrect to begin with, and as it was documented this patient found it necessary to threaten staff when turning off the 11:00 pm news nightly…but he was aphasic and stroke? He was well enough when the staff was limited in the evening hours. Nothing was ever done with these threats. How sad that this diagnosis was used when the people truly suffering from this condition goes untreated.
Let’s truly look for safety. Yes, this patient was handcuffed with police interventions until he was transported out-of-state but look at what a risk this could have been or was to other patients during his hospitalization.