Safety

Violence in psychiatric ward highlight security needs

Hospital Safety Insider, September 9, 2010

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It’s a well known fact that the dangers of a psychiatric ward dramatically increase, both for patients and employees, requiring very stringent security and safety policies. These risks were highlighted in a recent story on BuffaloNews.com about the psych unit at Erie County Medical Center (ECMC). Earlier this year a patient was beaten to death by another patient. Even more recently a nurse at ECMC is still recovering form injuries after a patient kicked, chocked, and beat her with a telephone receiver.

The incidents led some to question the policies and procedures at ECMC, particularly those involving security, and patient and employee safety.

However vice president of the facility, Thomas J. Quatroche Jr., argues that these events are infrequent.

“In general, incidents like these do not occur frequently because ECMC's administrators, physicians and staff make the safety of our psychiatric patients, like all our patients, our highest priority,” Quatroche told the newspaper.



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