A Modern-Day Fight Club? The Stabilization and Management of Acutely Agitated Patients in the Emergency Department

Andrew New*, Veronica Theresa Tucci, Juan Rios

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article is an overview of the treatment and management of acutely agitated patients as they present in the emergency department or emergency psychiatric facility. This article focuses on how a patient encounter may unfold and what issues need to be considered along the way. Verbal de-escalation is emphasized as a standard of care, including the offering of environmental changes and medications when indicated. Approved medications are reviewed as well as the proper use of restraints.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-410
Number of pages14
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2017

Keywords

  • Agitation
  • Altered mental status
  • De-escalation
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Evaluation
  • Management
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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