Medical staff at a secure hospital unit for psychiatric patients have been forced to alter breath tests after alcohol hand gels were found to produce results equivalent to drinking a pint of beer.It’s not that – disturbing as it is – that makes such unsettling reading, though.
Clinicians at the Orchard Clinic in Edinburgh have revised strict breath tests after they found that the 80 per cent proof fumes from the disinfectant rubs could yield "false positive" results among inmates.
The unit - which houses "mentally disordered" criminals from across Scotland - has asked clinical staff to "delay" the use of breathalysers or use soap and water instead after a female patient complained when she failed a routine check.So she was cleared to leave the hospital – a secure mental hospital – for a weekend’s leave, but not allowed to drink? And this would be checked on her return by use of a breathalyser?
Despite insisting that she had not "touched a drop", the unnamed inmate tested positive for alcohol after returning from a period of weekend leave - and feared losing her privileges as a result.
She was, presumably, free to watch what she wanted, eat what she wanted, read what she wanted…but not drink what she wanted?
Now, I can see why this condition might be imposed if alcohol conflicts with medication she may be taking, but if not, how the hell do the medical authorities justify this?