Advertisement

Articles That May Change Your Practice: Chemical Restraint of Agitated Patients

Published:March 19, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amj.2017.01.007
      The management of acutely agitated patients represents a challenge in the prehospital and transport setting. Agitated patients are not only a threat to themselves but also to the providers and the transport vehicle in which they travel. There are a variety of techniques that can be used to manage agitated behavior. These include verbal management techniques, physical restraints, pharmacologic interventions, or a combination of these. A drug is considered a restraint when it is used with the intent to manage or restrict the patient's behavior or freedom of movement and is not a standard treatment or dosage for the patient's condition.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'

      Subscribe:

      Subscribe to Air Medical Journal
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect

      Biography

      Russell D. MacDonald, MD, MPH, FCFP, FRCPC, is the medical director at Ornge Transport Medicine; an associate professor at the University of Toronto; and an attending staff member at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He can be reached at [email protected]. Suad Albulushi, MD, ARBEM, OMSB(EM), is a fellow in the clinical track of the emergency medicine fellowship program in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.