Management of Allegations of
Suspected Abuse
Allegations of abuse and neglect can
be defined as physical, psychological or
sexual.
PHYSICAL ABUSE DEFINITION
Physical Abuse, which means any non
accidental physical contact with a patient
which causes or has the potential to cause
physical harm. Examples include, but are
not limited to, punching, shaking, burning,
cutting, or the use of corporal punishment.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ABUSE DEFINITION
Psychological abuse, which includes any verbal or
non-verbal conduct that is intended to cause a
patient emotional distress. Examples include but
are not limited to, teasing, taunting, name calling,
threats, display of a weapon or other object that
could reasonably be perceived by the patient as a
means of infliction of pain or injury, insulting or
coarse language or gestures directed toward a
patient which subjects the patient to humiliation or
degradation.
SEXUAL ABUSE
Sexual Abuse, which includes any sexual contact
involving a patient, or any sexual contact that is
encouraged or allowed by a caregiver. Examples
include but are not limited to rape, sexual assault,
inappropriate touching, fondling, indecent
exposure, penetration ( attempted penetration) of
vagina, anus or mouth by penis fingers or other
objects.
1. All Allegations must be investigated
2. Investigated = Documented
CARE AND SAFETY OF A PATIENT
INVOLVED IN AN ALLEGED INCIDENT
1.
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If an allegation of abuse or assault has been made,
appropriate care shall include separating the caregiver
from the alleged victim. If a healthcare provider,
he/she will be immediately removed from service until
the internal investigation is concluded.
Actions must be taken to ensure that a patient who has
reported allegations of abuse receives necessary
treatment or care. An immediate medical, nursing and
psychosocial assessment will be performed. The
providers who perform the assessments and the
written findings of their examinations are entered into
the medical record.
When an allegation is made
or you suspect an event has occurred:
You MUST notify the Chief Medical Officer
on-call immediately!
Please sign and date the attestation faxed to you
EMAIL to: [email protected]
Type your name - LAST NAME, FIRST NAME in the
SUBJECT of email
If you are unable to email, please fax to:
631-706-3329
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