The management of acute behavioural disturbance in psychiatric patients is an area that continues to require investigation, as it is potentially dangerous for both patients and staff. We conducted an audit of the management of these episodes, looking particularly at the drugs given, the doses and any polypharmacy. We also examined whether the issue of guidelines led to any changes in prescribing patterns. We found that we were prescribing appropriately and that the guidelines did lead to some shift toward safer prescribing.
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