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re: went to PCS..... I HAVE LOTS OF STORIES

When I went to PCS this next list was used on me: hand/arm restraints, mouth (ball) restraints, leg restraints... time out in the pe room (in development), I had all these in 1981 when I attended PCS, because I ran from the school. Back then, nobody (dr, therapists, management etc) gave any order for restraints, it was left up to the night staff,or, the 'bouncers' I called them. If anyone knows about PCS its me. Was there for a year.

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It is ILLEGAL for a verbal order to be given over the telephone for restraints. Yet at PCS, seems the kids are FIRST put in restraints (just for mouthing off or something..I rarely saw this happen because the child presented a physical threat to themselves nor to anyone else). THEN a nurse is called, who THEN calls the doctor on the TELEPHONE (there is no doctor in-house), and the doctor THEN gives a "verbal order" for the restraints, which is illegal, as the doctor is sopposed to physically be there and examine the patient to assess the need for restraints, then write an order for restraints IF the criteria are met.

A licensed facility of any sort or any hospital (psychiatric or medical) would NEVER get away with using restraints in the manner they are used at PCS.

I know this because I am a nurse, and I work in a hospital.