When a psychiatric patient shows up at the emergency room at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the staff quickly removes anything dangerous before placing them in a treatment room.
Cables and heavy objects are stowed away. A cart with essential instruments — scalpels, needles, sutures and commonly used drugs — is wheeled out.
“Anything that they could reach comes out of the room,” said Marirose Apolinarski, director of nursing in Memorial’s emergency department. (The Press Democrat)