Involuntary Hospital Commitment

InvoluntaryHospital Commitment

InvoluntaryHospital Commitment

Theadmission of the woman implies that the physician is utilizingimmoral avenues to admit the wife forcefully. Similar to the case ofPackard V Packard (1864), her husband under the claim that she wasinsane, involuntarily admitted Mrs. Elizabeth Packard to the hospitalfor three years. Upon her release, she found that she had lost themajority of her civil rights including her property and children. Thephysician intends to divorce, he wants to keep custody of thechildren, and he is seeing a nurse in the hospitals unit, it ispossible that the physician fabricated the claim on his wife. He iscreating an avenue to get rid of the wife and taking charge of herpossessions and children. It is morally wrong since, the physicianshould act ethically for the benefit of the patient in contrast tothe scenario (Chipman, 2000).

Similarto the case of Washington vs. Harper, it was ruled that theinvolutionary admission of a patient occurs under certain conditionsas procedures and policy determine. Consequently, the wife has aright for examination by physicians chosen by the doctors. Thephysicians will have an obligation to establish the danger to selfand others in her condition within a period of twenty-four hoursafter her admission. Otherwise, she must be released(Miller,1987).According to Christy and Stiles (2003), if the doctor findsthat the woman is a harm to self and others, then the doctor has tosign an affidavit certification. The certification is sent to thecourt that reviews the documents to determine whether the womanshould continue her emergency involuntary hospitalization or shouldbe released immediately. According to the ruling in Rennie vs. Klein,an involuntarily admitted patient has the constitutional right torefuse medication until there is a court order. Similarly, during herstay in the hospital, the woman has a right to refuse medicationrelated to psychotrophy without obtaining a court order. As a friendof the patient, I should report the case to the police immediately.The police can initiate investigations before it is too late and thephysician takes full advantage of his wife (Miller, 1987).


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