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The dangerous agitated patient. What to do right now.

Authors
  • Citrome, L
  • Green, L
Type
Published Article
Journal
Postgraduate medicine
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1990
Volume
87
Issue
2
Pages
231–236
Identifiers
PMID: 2405373
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Short-term management of the agitated patient involves the use of psychological, behavioral, diagnostic, and pharmacologic options. Knowledge of verbal interventions may help physicians prevent personal injury and destruction of property. Accurate diagnosis allows safe and effective pharmacologic intervention. Involuntary treatment in emergency situations is legal; however, clearly documenting all clinical events is essential.

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