Behavioral Health Issues Clinical Pathway — Emergency Department

Admission Location, Process

  • Patient evaluation completed by ED Team
  • Local review of patient recommendations with the ED Psychiatry, SW and ED team, considering co-morbidities and behavioral risks, as per usual process
  • ED Psychiatry makes the recommendation regarding admission location EDECU vs inpatient unit based on the patient specific characteristics/needs
  • If Escalation Call is required:
    • PEM Attending/ED Psychiatry discusses with NOL
    • POL can join if any concerns
  • If there are no EDECU beds:
    • ED patient can be admitted to appropriate inpatient bed, or
    • If EDECU eligible, another EDECU patient can be admitted inpatient to make room