Joint Commission Request for Comments: Proposed revisions to the Patient Flow in the Emergency Department requirements

From the Joint Commission:

Start Date: December 7, 2011

End Date: January 20, 2012
The Joint Commission is revising standards for the Hospital accreditation program that relate to patient flow issues and the safe care of patients awaiting admission or transfer, including patients with psychiatric emergencies. These proposed standards revisions are located in the Leadership and Provision of Care, Treatment, and Services.

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Treating Agitation in ER Requires Delicate Balancing Act

From Psychiatric News:

A new guide from the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry calls for verbal deescalation first when evaluating and treating patients with agitation.

More than 1.7 million episodes of agitation occur annually in U.S. emergency departments and are a leading cause of patient suffering and staff injuries.
Avoiding harm to all parties requires a complex juggling act on the part of psychiatrists and others, Garland Holloman, M.D., director of Psychiatric Emergency Services at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, told an audience at APA’s Institute on Psychiatric Services in San Francisco in October.