About Behavioral Safety Alert FYI
- The Behavioral Safety Alert FYI triggers a highly visible BPA (Best Practice Alert) in most settings. It is visible across encounters. The FYI and BPA provides objective information and recommendations to keep the patient, staff and others safe.
- This FYI is used only for the highest risk patients and families. It is not used for medical information; it is used to alert staff regarding behavioral safety related issues
- When you see a Behavioral Safety Alert, remain calm. The BPA (best practice alert) will tell you what to do. There are common examples and actions that should be taken here. These patients are aware this is on their chart.
When is Behavioral Safety Alert FYI used?
Behavioral Safety Alert FYI is not used in these situations:
- The patient’s condition leading to the behavioral safety issue is transient or time limited. Examples: include hospital acquired delirium.
- The event/s does not represent a serious safety risk
- The patient or family member’s level of risk is low for harm to other or to self
- The patient or family member’s behavior is challenging but does not represent a serious safety risk
- Alerting staff of medical issues
- Is not an alert to be used by for law enforcement related to legal issues
Behavioral Safety Alert FYI is used in these situations:
- Patients or family members who have demonstrated serious behavioral safety issues e.g, carrying/concealing weapons
- The patient or family member is expected to have these events reoccur or has done something very serious that represents a safety risk, e.g., physical assault resulting in injury
- They represent a serious ongoing risk to themselves, others or the community e.g., homicidal or suicidal threats
- The behavioral safety risk is not related to a time limited diagnosis or syndrome due to an acute hospitalization
Requesting a Behavioral Safety Alert FYI
Requests can be made by callling UWMF Patient Resources for UWMF ambulatory clinics and UWHC Patient Relations for UWHC Hospital and Clinics:
- UW Medical Foundation Patient Resources: (608) 821-4819 or (800) 552-4255
- UW Hospital and Clinics
- Call Patient Relations first: (608) 263-8009
- During off hours, call the Emergency Department social workers at (608) 890-9084 (between 2am and 6am) or Nursing Coordinators
Removing a Behavioral Safety Alert from a Patient Record
If you have question or concerns about a Behavioral Safety Alert FYI, you may either contact UWHC Patient Relations or UWMF Patient Resources directly. Please consider:
- The Behavioral Safety Alert FYI can be removed by either UWHC Patient Relation/UWMF Patient Resources or UWHC Emergency Department Social Workers
- The removal will be considered when requested by the patient, family, Primary Care Provider (PCP)/Specialist, a member of an inter-displinary team or Attending Physician
- It is recognized that the Behavioral Safety Alert FYI provides increased awareness and basic interventions with the intended goal to manage or prevent specific behaviors outlined in the alert. Removal of the Behavioral Safety Alert FYI therefore will not be considered if the intended purpose is being accomplished.