I'm an author, can I ask stupid questions? - page 2

So, I'm not actually a nurse. In fact, I rarely set foot in a hospital. But for some reason my characters keep winding up in them. I've been trying to Google my way through but I'm finding it hard to... Read More

  1. by   herring_RN
    The county hospital has a jail ward. It is really not one ward. It is an ICU and another unit.

    At the hospital where I worked sometimes a patient who became ill in the jail or after arrest in transit to the jail of a city in Los Angeles County could be admitted to our community hospital. Each detainee had a sheriff assigned to guard him or her. Some sheriffs liked the overtime.
    We on the night shift did not let the sheriff sleep.
    We were very careful to only allow family known to the patient visit. Usually a spouse or parent.
  2. by   DontBeAngry
    Quote from herring_RN
    The county hospital has a jail ward. It is really not one ward. It is an ICU and another unit.

    At the hospital where I worked sometimes a patient who became ill in the jail or after arrest in transit to the jail of a city in Los Angeles County could be admitted to our community hospital. Each detainee had a sheriff assigned to guard him or her. Some sheriffs liked the overtime.
    We on the night shift did not let the sheriff sleep.
    We were very careful to only allow family known to the patient visit. Usually a spouse or parent.
    Thanks, herring. This is great! Did the sheriff have to be in the same room as the patient at all times or would they wait outside in the hall? Were the detainees handcuffed to the bed (like in the movies)? Sorry to be such a nuisance!
  3. by   WomensHealthNurse
    The times I have had patients that were detained. The sheriff would wait in the hall sometimes. And they would be handcuffed to the bed.

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