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Australian hospital may card unruly ER patients

Hospital Safety Insider, August 18, 2011

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A hospital in Melbourne, Australia, is looking into the possibility of implementing a penalty carding system similar to those used in soccer for its unruly and violent ER patients.

The hospital, The Alfred, would warn unruly patients with a yellow card, and if that patient persisted in poor behavior, staff would give that patient a red card and escort them out. The protocol would not apply to life-threatening situations or from behavior stemming from a mental or physical illness.

The effort comes after a government proposal to put armed guards in emergency room was strongly opposed by healthcare providers worried the presence of guns would escalate violence.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald



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