Excited delirium has been covered quite a bit, but like other hot topics it is always changing with new evidence. Here are some of the key pearls and pitfalls to managing this high risk population.
There are levels of agitation and how you manage them. Reuben Strayer when at SMACC in Dublin, Ireland (#smaccDub) gave a very concise way of looking at how to manage such patients. As the infographic (borrowed from CORE EM) demonstrates, there are doses of these medications to work with in managing these patients. Simply, think of it as follows:
To control a patient with excited delirium, you need to be ready to manage immediately:
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