Journal article

Characteristics and outcome of patients brought to an emergency department by police under the provisions (Section 10) of the Mental Health Act in Victoria, Australia

Karim Al-Khafaji, John Loy, Anne-Maree Kelly

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF LAW AND PSYCHIATRY | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2014

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to describe the characteristics and outcome of patients brought to an emergency department by police under Section 10 of Mental Health Act (Victoria, Australia). METHODS: Retrospective medical record review. Patients referred under Section 10 provisions treated in calendar year 2009 were identified from ED database. Data collected included demographics, incident details, patient management, final diagnosis and disposition. Primary outcomes of interest were ED diagnosis and disposition. Secondary outcomes were length of stay in ED and use of restraint or sedation. RESULTS: One hundred and ninety seven presentations by 164 patients were identified. Patients ..

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