UT-Harris County Psychiatric Center

Nursing Procedures

 

Contraband Precautions - Adolescent Unit

Nursing

Harris County Psychiatric Center: Office Administration

To maintain a safe and constructive milieu, patients are not allowed to bring certain items on the unit. Patients who have difficulty complying with this unit requirement may be put on Contraband Precautions

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The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

 

Date of Last Review: 05/2012

 

SME: Chief Nursing Officer

 

To maintain a safe and constructive milieu, patients are not allowed to bring certain items on the unit. Patients who have difficulty complying with this unit requirement may be put on Contraband Precautions.

 

Procedure:

 

A Contraband Precaution is a treatment modality used to monitor and assist the patient in bringing into compliance the requirements of the adolescent unit. A patient found with contraband may be placed on contraband precautions.

 

An R.N. may write an order for contraband precautions. A physician's signature for the order must be obtained within 24 hours of the written order.

 

Documentation in the progress notes must describe the specific behavior necessitating the precautions.

 

Patients can attend activities, but may undergo a body review after an outside activity with a physician's order. All patients placed on contraband precautions will undergo a body review after family meetings and/or family visits. A physician's order must be obtained for the body review.

 

Contraband precautions are assessed daily by the treatment team.

 

Daily progress notes reflect the need for remaining on contraband precautions.

 

The following items are considered Restricted Items on Adolescent Units:

 

Restricted Items

 

 Any clothing over 3 changes of day wear and 2 changes of night wear

  Boots, spiked or hard-sole/steel toes shoes

  Belts of any kind

  Soda in aluminum cans or glass bottles

  Aerosol cans/plastic bags

  Caustic or poisonous substance

  Any substance containing alcohol

  Knives/weapons of any type

  Clothing with drawstrings and wire

  Glass items of any kind including containers, picture frames or mirrors

  Razors, scissors, files, wires, or clippers

  Suitcases, backpacks, purses, spiral notebooks

  Cameras, tape recorder or radios

  Any electrical appliances

  Lighters, matches or any burning material

  Medications or vitamins (prescribed/non-prescribed)

  Cell phones

·  No cigarette lighters or matches

·  No long handled comb or brush

 

** Stuffed animals & hardback books may be brought to the unit at the nurse/doctors discretion/order.

 

 

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