Year: 1994 Source: Accident and Emergency Nursing, v.2, no.1, (January 1994), p.50-53 SIEC No: 20011656

This article presents the hypothetical case of a young man brought to the accident & emergency department following a suicide attempt. The patient refused to accept treatment. The case sets the stage for a discussion of the legal issues concerning patient refusal of treatment & the ability of staff to compel a patient to stay when they fear there may be another suicide attempt. The discussion is based on British law. (7 refs.)