I thought that would introduce a new segment to Where’s the Outrage – medical ethics.
A 20 year old female presents to the ER. She complains of feeling like somebody is trying to get into her head. The patient looks scared and anxious. Her eyes are darting back and forth. Her speech is pressured and rapid. You are the ER physician. You run a battery of tests and conclude that the patient may be a danger to herself. You ask her if she will be willing to come in the hospital for some treatment that you think will help her. She agrees. As soon as you walk out of the room, the patient is seen by the charge nurse trying to leave.
What should you, as the ER physician, do?