Intramuscular medication for acutely disturbed behaviour

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Emergency Intramuscular Sedation (rapid tranquillisation) in this guideline refers to the use of medication by the intramuscular route when the oral route is not possible or appropriate and urgent treatment with medication is needed.

Treatment with intramuscular medication should be seen as the culmination of an approach that incorporates individualised care planning, anticipatory care, de-escalation and oral treatment; as such it is anticipated that the majority of patients will not require it.

This policy is intended for use by all registered nursing staff and prescribers working within NHS GG&C Mental Health Inpatient settings Including Adult, Older Adult, Learning Disability, Addiction and Forensic Mental Health Inpatient Settings.

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