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Risk mitigation and the legal and ethical considerations for COVID-19 in a psychiatric inpatient setting

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This series of brief reports highlights the experience of a London psychiatric intensive care unit (PICU) that cared for patients with COVID-19 relatively early in the pandemic. The objective is to contribute to learning and consider the challenges for psychiatric intensive care services. This article will discuss COVID-19-related risk prevention and mitigation strategies in a psychiatric inpatient setting, followed by an overview of the legal and ethical challenges, relating to risk prevention, mitigation and restrictive practice, in psychiatric inpatient care during the time of the pandemic.
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Keywords: COVID-19; ETHICS; LEGAL; RESTRICTIVE PRACTICE; RISK MITIGATION; RISK PREVENTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2020

This article was made available online on August 18, 2020 as a Fast Track article with title: "Risk mitigation and the legal and ethical considerations for COVID-19 in a psychiatric inpatient setting".

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  • Published twice a year, the Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care is devoted to issues affecting the care and treatment of people with mental disorders who manifest severely disturbed functioning. The journal is international and multidisciplinary. It provides stimulating papers and articles of interest to those who work in or study psychiatric intensive care, low secure services, acute inpatient wards, challenging behaviour environments, emergency psychiatry, or intensive treatments settings in other parts of the wider mental health system. The Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care encourages informed debate and exchange of opinion. Its content includes editorials, original research, brief reports, reviews, conference reports, news and notices, but preference is given to original research of a high scientific quality.
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