Calming Agitated Patients in an Emergency
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 16, Number 9, September 2018
Topics: Practice Tools and Tips
Avrim Fishkind, MD
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer of JSA Health Corporation in Houston, TX, and a past president of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry
Dr. Fishkind has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
When I work with an agitated patient, I start by saying, “Hi, I’m Dr. Fishkind. My job is to keep you safe today.” Your first job should be to take away any possibility that the person thinks you’re dangerous or that you’re there to cause harm. So, start by identifying who you are, what you do, and that you are there to help.