Issues on sedating mental patients

Members of the team developed criteria and shared information with industry leaders.

The Guide will serve as a living document to allow updates to be added as new products are identified and verified.

All adults admitted to mental health inpatient units need to be risk assessed for falls.

If a risk of falls is identified, individualised multifactorial intervention strategies must be put in place to minimise the risk of falls.

Ambulance services, police services, air services, and occasionally private companies, may also play a role in transporting mental health consumers to treatment and assessment services.

While generally the transport of mental health consumers by service providers is incident free, it is apparent that incidents are more likely to arise in mental health crisis situations.

Understanding the methods and the environmental components of inpatient suicide may help to reduce its incidence.Clearly mental health consumers have the right to safe transport that minimises interference with their rights, dignity and self-respect and that avoids traumatising family members, particularly children.This right, however, needs to be balanced with the safety of the transport provider.A systems oriented approach to reducing adverse events and overly restrictive interventions during transportation is needed, along with a non-punitive culture that rewards incident reporting and supports its use in continuous quality improvement.Extrapyramidal reactions - more commonly seen with haloperidol but may be seen with olanzapine after only 1 dose.

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