Accident and emergency departments should not be considered places of safety

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7112.886 (Published 04 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:886
  1. John M Ryan, Consultant in accident and emergency medicinea,
  2. Carlos Perez-Avila, Consultant in accident and emergency medicinea
  1. a Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton BN2 5BE

    Editor—We agree with Amanda Ramirez and Allan House that in accident and emergency departments “the proportion of attendees with psychiatric problems is greatly increased if the accident and emergency department is a ‘place of safety’ to which the police may bring a …

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