Sometimes we have little choice but to administer sedating medications to a combative patient who is putting others at risk of injury. Which medications work most quickly, safely, and effectively?
If you have ever tried to electronically prescribe IM olanzapine with an IM/IV/subcutaneous benzodiazepine, you have probably received an interaction alert warning about the potential for excessive sedation and cardiorespiratory depression. Is this warning justified? Let’s look at the data.
Dr. Hendrick is a clinical professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and is the director of inpatient psychiatry at Olive View—UCLA Medical Center, where she carries a caseload of patients and provides teaching and supervision for medical students and psychiatry residents. After completing medical school and psychiatric residency at UCLA, she spent several years working as a principal investigator and co-investigator on N.I.M.H. funded research studies. She has authored or co-authored over 75 research papers, editorials, books and other publications. She has a long-standing interest in the needs of severely mentally ill patients from underserved populations and has worked in community mental health settings her entire career.