Using designated psychiatric emergency services for patients with mental health needs
IN NORMAL TIMES, patients experiencing a mental health crisis have limited access to much-needed resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the lack of access to help for patients with mental health needs. A designated psychiatric emergency service (PES) facility is one possible solution. PES facilities are designed to meet the needs of these patients at a lower cost than traditional methods of care. This article details the benefits of utilizing designated PES facilities for acute psychiatric needs and explains how a designated PES produces better patient outcomes than traditional EDs for patients in a mental health crisis. It also educates readers on how nurses can support patients who need immediate psychiatric care with a referral to a designated PES.
Ledet, Linda Manfrin and Smith, Sarah Cooper, "Using designated psychiatric emergency services for patients with mental health needs" (2021). School of Nursing Faculty Publications. 21.