• Patients that are admitted to inpatient psychiatric care are many times cleared as medically stable by an M.D. In addition to that, the individuals that provide care for the patients are licensed professionals that know how to observe and assess for medical problems in all body systems. On admission, routine blood work such as a cbc, cmp, ua, uds, ekg, thyroid profile, lipid profile and if indicated, a pregnancy test are ordered. The physician may order other blood work as well. All patients are provided with the option to take a TB skin test. Staff are required to assess and chart on each body system. Vital signs are routinely assessed at a minimum every 12 hours. Percentages of meals eaten are documented. Medical medications are ordered and monitored. History and physicals are performed. Social workers as well as an activity director take care of the patients needs in their respectful areas. So, in other words, an inpatient facility is fully prepared and capable to care for patients. They do not separate the physical needs from the mental needs of a patient.
    • Linda Joy
      Excellent answer!
  • Its integrated at my VA hospital in Birmingham, Al. In fact my mental health intensive case manager transports me to my medical appointments as well as any mental health appointments I have. But more importantly she contacts me once or twice a week as indicated for practical applications in my daily life. I think the mentally ill need more programs to help them be more independent and self sufficient so they are not required to live off government handouts and can be full, active, productive members of society. They are able to do some sort of work, somewhere. And if we trained them and put them to work they can be proud taxpayers and not be made to feel like a leech on the ass of society.

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