The Importance of Risk Assessment in Violent Patient Release

April 20, 2012 — 1,513 views  
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Patients who suffer from a wide array of mental disorders are required to go through intensive education evaluations (ED) - or medical clearance - before they're released from a facility. Violet patient release is a sensitive subject, as the consequences of improperly excusing someone from hospital-based psychiatric medical attention may put other people in danger.

It may be difficult to identify violent patients. While certain attributes like gender, a history of violence and drug or alcohol abuse are positive predictors, they are not always reliable. Instead, doctors need to take their time to evaluate behavior patterns in patients, noting when violence erupted without warning and when it was provoked by certain stimulants.

In fact, the most influential part in determining violent patient release liability is predicting the potential for future outbreaks. In the evaluation, an observer needs to speak with the patient directly about his or her progress, treatment and feelings. The reactions to these questions and overall attitude toward this meeting may shed some light on the potential risks or benefits of releasing a person from a facility. While the ED is meant to determine liability, it may also provide professionals with much-needed insight that shows a patient is entirely able to exist in society without posing a threat to people or him or herself.