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Agitation can be displayed in patients as loud, disruptive, hostile, sarcastic, threatening, hyperactive, and/or combative. Here are tips on managing agitated patients.
Project BETA-an acronym for Best practices in Evaluation and Treatment of Agitation-incorporates humane, patient-centered interventions when dealing with agitated patients. The recommendations are endorsed as part of the new, comprehensive best practices guidelines under the auspices of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry (AAEP). Below is a partial list.
Note: Adapted from a Psychiatric Times article by Scott Zeller, MD, titled "New Guidelines Shake Up Treatment of Agitation."