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Safety Understanding

The safety of all our patients is our first concern on our child and adolescent units. Our highly professional staff has been trained in the use of proven techniques to help a patient cope with emotions that may have previously led to aggressive or self-injurious behaviors. In rare instances, we may need to take additional safety measures to protect all the patients on the unit. When a patient is unable to keep themselves safe from injury, (i.e. self-harming, head banging, etc.) or becomes dangerous or threatening to others on the unit (i.e. hitting, kicking, throwing objects, etc.), and all our efforts to assist the patient are unsuccessful, then the patient may be placed in our Quiet Room. The Quiet Room may offer freedom from the stimulation that is leading to the unsafe behavior. If a patient requires a locked Quiet Room (seclusion) doctors are notified immediately. The psychiatrist may provide orders for additional safety interventions. If a patient continues to try to harm themself, they may be placed in restraints for their own protection. If they remain extremely agitated and either attempt or threaten to harm themselves or others, they may receive emergency medications that have demonstrated efficacy in helping people feel more relaxed. There are times when the applications of these measures are not able to be applied in a stepwise progression. Parents and guardians will be notified in the event that your child requires seclusion, restraint, or emergency medication.