Journal article

Types of patients in a psychiatric intensive care unit.

D Wynaden, S McGowan, R Chapman, D Castle, P Lau, C Headford, M Finn

Aust N Z J Psychiatry | Published : 2001

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This paper reports the findings of a descriptive study of a patient population over a three-month period on an eight bed psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) in Western Australia. The report provides a quantitative insight into the profile of patients in PICUs. It provides information on patients' diagnoses, presenting signs, symptoms and/or behaviours, legal codes assigned to patients, treatment interventions and management. METHOD: Data were collected prospectively from August to October 1999. A total of 122 patients were admitted to the PICU during the review period. Data were entered into an Access program then exported to SPSS (Version 9 for Windows) for analysis and freque..

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