The Impaired Patient


 
POLICY:
 
Patients who present for care while under the influence of 
any illicit chemical substance, including drugs or alcohol, 
will not receive treatment.  Medical history and other 
information received from a patient who is under the 
influence of drugs or alcohol may be unreliable; additionally 
it may be dangerous to the staff and/or the patient for the 
patient to be examined or receive sedating medications while 
impaired.
 
PROCEDURE:
 
The physician in charge will speak to the patient in private, 
presenting a non-judgmental explanation of organizational 
policy, including safety issues of combining alcohol or drug 
substances with medications used for sedation.  
 
Appropriate resources for detoxification and counseling will 
be offered when possible.
 

Approved By Governing Board    
EP.12    
Control #280.0
GUPTA GASTRO