'A very dangerous situation': Psychiatrists sound alarm over Sask. children's hospital design
2019-09-11 from cbc.ca
The doors are about to open at Saskatchewan's first children's hospital, but psychiatrists say the $284 million building is rife with safety and suicide risks.
They include poor sight lines from the nursing stations, dangerous equipment stored in unlocked cupboards and room doors that are easily barricaded, creating a possible suicide or hostage situation, according to a letter obtained by CBC News.
"It should not be this way. It's a very dangerous situation for the patient, but also for the workers," said Dr. Yanbo Zhang, the Saskatchewan representative for the Canadian Psychiatric Association.
"It needs to be fixed."
Saskatchewan Health Authority officials declined an interview request. In a written statement, they said safety is their top priority, and they plan to meet with the psychiatrists.
Last week, hundreds of kids, parents and supporters were at the grand opening of the Jim Pattison Children's Hospital. There was confetti, cheers, and a group ribbon cutting with a giant pair of scissors.
Officials touted the private rooms, animal themes and state of the art equipment. There's a sleep lab and a fully equipped pediatric intensive care unit for the youngest and sickest kids.
A play room features a floor design of a winding river and stepping stones. In some of the 176 rooms, kids can change the colour of the lights by remote control.
But as the confetti was falling, a group of psychiatrists was penning a scathing letter. They'd toured the building just days earlier and were shocked by what they saw.
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