Waiting … and waiting | waiting, medical, mental – Burlington Times News

After a mental patient escaped from Alamance Regional Medical Center’s emergency room last month and shot himself in the head, hospital officials quickly altered visitation policies and tightened security.

It was a quick fix made in an effort to ensure a similar situation doesn’t happen in the future. But it barely touched on the ongoing struggle that Alamance Regional and other hospitals across the state face in regard to dealing with patients who end up in the emergency department on involuntary commitment orders.

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