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by Dr Aileen O'Brien, Dr Faisil Sethi and Dr
Last updated: October 2017 by Dr
A psychiatric intensive care
unit is a hospital ward dedicated to the short-term management
of people in an acutely disturbed phase of a serious mental
disorder who cannot be safely managed in a general ward.
Core features include a high staff to patient ratio and a secure
physical environment. Patients are usually detained under the
Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended) and are often admitted
because of the risk of aggression.
By the end of the module you should have a deeper understanding
The module will focus on legislations and policies pertaining to
England and Wales. Clinicians from other jurisdictions should refer
to their appropriate legislative framework.
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