Optimising Management of Behavioural Emergencies in the Emergency Department

2018-01-04T04:43:07Z (GMT) by YEN LING YAP
This thesis provides critical information to optimise the management of behavioural emergencies. Specifically, it addressed information gaps related to the efficacy, safety and cost-efficiency of injectable sedative medications. It has shown intravenous administration of midazolam-droperidol combination therapy appears to be safe, and produces rapid sedation at less cost than monotherapy with either intravenous droperidol or olanzapine. The research also revealed factors that foster a trusting patient-staff relationships, and explored patients’ needs during and after the behavioural emergency. The information generated will facilitate informed decision-makings and improve the quality of emergency care to this group of patients.