NURSING PATIENT CARE POLICY & PROCEDURE
November 17, 2015
Nursing Manual (Red)
Policy #: 6.32
Title: Locked Bathroom Access
To gain access to a locked bathroom on general care adult inpatient units, in
situations when staff have reason to believe that the person in the locked bathroom
has become incapacitated or needs assistance.
A. Locate the narrow slot above the door handle.
B. Insert any thin, sturdy article into the slot and twist. (Any coin or similarly shaped
item, such as a washer, will work for this purpose.)
C. The door should unlock, providing access to the patient.
III. AUTHORED BY
Linda Stevens, DNP, RN-BC, CPHQ, CSPHP
Director, Nursing Quality and Safety
IV. REVIEWED BY
Nursing Patient Care Policy and Procedure Committee, November 2015
Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer