Psychiatric Population Analysis

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The psychiatric population is a special populations group that the health care community

has failed from the beginning of medicine. Mental illness covers a spectrum from depression to

schizophrenia. The mental health community is often associated with maladaptive behaviors that

have created a negative stigma in health care. This negative stigma has promoted less than

stellar care from health care providers. The lack of resources in the community and area hospitals

continues to perpetuate the problem of inadequate care. The lack of resources within the

communities will set the stage for failure for the patients in an emotional or behavioral crisis.

The failure in providing quality care in this population has detrimental consequences
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Care givers personal beliefs, poor education, no

standard protocol, and emotional disconnect all have weight to poor care (Zun, 2016).

Emergency department nurses spend countless hours outside of their basic nursing courses,

preparing for whatever the day brings them. On the standard, emergency department nurses

have their BLS, ACLS, and PALS. If they work for a trauma hospital, often they will be

required to have TNCC training. Some nurses go above and beyond with additional training

like critical care or SANE. There is little to no training offered for caring for psychiatric

patients (Zun, 2016). A local hospital’s approach to psychiatric patients is how to defect

an aggressive attack. There is little training outside of behavioral facilities that teach

verbal de-escalation. This approach only navigates a path for psychiatric patients to succumb

to failing health due to health care providers negligent approach to address the emotional crisis

in congruence with treating their medical needs. Mental illness affects a large portion of the

community. The National Institute of Mental Health recognizes that 25% of the
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There are a larger number of people that are

in-directed affected by Florida being poorly ranked. Poorly managed mental disease can lead to

behaviors that may need the assistance of emergency systems or law enforcement. The lack of

funding and available resources ends up costing more in the long run. If a patient is struggling

with depression that requires more than medication from a primary care physician, the patient

could be seen by a psychologist. If the resources and funding were available to the patient.

Without the proper resources or funding available to assist them in what they need, the patient’s

depression could manifest into suicidal ideation. The patient vocalizes these thoughts. Law

enforcement is called to secure the patient and scene. The fire department arrives shortly after

that to assess any medical treatment. Typically, the patient would be transported to the

emergency department as Baker Act and further medical assessed. The patient would be placed

into an emergency department bed and multiple tests would be conducted to rule out anything

life threatening. Once the patient is cleared, he/she finally be transported to a behavioral

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