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Old 12-03-2018, 03:17 AM #1
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Hi... I was wondering if anyone has been inpatient at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. If so, do they do strip searches? I am thinking about getting ECT and they require you to be inpatient for the first few treatments. Thanks
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I can't speak for John Hopkins, but I've been IP 3 times, and have never been stripped searched. The most they've done is gone through my bag, looking for sharps.


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I've had staff go through my pockets and my bag but never a strip search and I have been inpatient multiple times. I have also never heard of someone being strip searched within a psychiatric setting.
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I don't know about that hospital...


I've been IP about 9-10 times, 9/10 was in another state, where I've never been strip searched...
When I moved to California, the inpatient center did a strip search
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I don't know about John Hopkins, but when I was in Connecticut I was IP 3 times. Every single time I was strip searched. Not a pleasant experience. And here I was thinking the airport security checks were bad...
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My hospital did what they called "skin checks." Not exactly a strip search, but fairly close. They were a dual diagnosis unit which meant they not only treated psychiatric patients but also had chemical dependency patients on detox. It was a locked unit and their philosophy behind the skin check was to check for any sores, wounds, cuts, bruises, etc. upon admittance (probably as an FYI in case someone claimed being harmed within the unit). They had all patients initially put on a hospital gown so they could go through clothing being sure nothing was being brought in that was considered contraband for the unit. Then, they didn't remove the entire gown. In fact, they would expose one arm, then cover it up; then the other arm, then cover it up. Then a leg, and cover it up, etc. Always done by nurses; always with more than one person in the room for safety. They did their best to be respectful about it, but it was still the hardest part of the admitting process.
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OMG, I had a pack of rolling papers and tips inside an empty pack of smokes in my bag. My sister warned me of searches after I was in the hospital being processed. They didn't even checked my bag.
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But they were observing at all times. Power outlets were locked and bathroom/toilets were not lockable.
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