NURSING PATIENT CARE POLICY & PROCEDURE
July 30, 2015
Nursing Manual (Red)
Policy #: 8.34A
Title: Admission to Inpatient Psychiatry
from Jail (Adult)
To provide psychiatric care for patients admitted from jail, while providing a safe
environment for all patients, visitors and staff.
A. Admissions from jail are arranged through the inpatient psychiatry triage nurse..
B. Although admission occurs 24hrs/day, every effort needs to be made to admit
patients from jail between 8:00am and 4:30pm.
C. Whenever possible, B6/5 (Psychiatry) faculty psychiatrist should consult with the
jail psychiatrist to determine specific goals of the hospitalization prior to the
patient being admitted.
D. Preadmission assessment is performed by the inpatient psychiatry triage nurse and
approved by attending physician in order to determine patient and unit safety
E. Inpatient psychiatry triage nurse will inform jail personnel that security cannot be
guaranteed on the psychiatric unit. Jail personnel will then determine if the unit is
appropriate for admission or not.
F. Aggression Precautions need to be ordered if preadmission data indicate the need
for such precautions.
G. Patient is to be on “restrict” status (see Nursing Patient Care Policy 8.32,
Privileges for Inpatient Psychiatry) until multidisciplinary staff meeting.
H. Once patient is accepted for admission from jail, inform the UWHC Security
I. Upon discharge, if the patient is to return to jail, make a note in Health Link as a
Nursing Communication Order, “Jail Hold, contact _______ on Discharge”.
III. UWHC CROSS REFERENCE
Nursing Patient Care Policy 8.32, Privileges for Inpatient Psychiatry
IV. REVIEWED BY
Nurse Manager, Psychiatry
Nursing Patient Care Policy and Procedure Committee, July 2015
Beth Houlahan, DNP, RN, CENP
Senior Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer