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General Principles of Pharmacologic Management in the Emergency Setting

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
  • Peter J. PanzarinoJr.
  • Stephen C. Schoonover
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)

Abstract

In the emergency setting, the clinician must make decisions rapidly, often on the basis of limited historical data and without the advantages of an extended diagnostic evaluation. The patient may require containment of his behavior and immediate relief of his distress before he has established a working relationship with the clinician or before the underlying psychiatric disorder is defined. Therefore, the use of psychoactive drugs must be carefully tailored to the special requirements of the individual, the situation, and the setting.

Keywords

Psychoactive Drug Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome Emergency Setting Pharmacologic Management Maintenance Regimen 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 1
  • Peter J. PanzarinoJr.
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stephen C. Schoonover
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.McLean HospitalBelmontUSA

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