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Rapid tranquillisation: are we getting it right?

  • Laura Mannion (a1), Darina Sloan (a2) and Louise Connolly (a3)
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Trainees in psychiatry frequently employ rapid tranquillisation (RT) measures. In this study we surveyed trainees as to RT regimes used. We found that a variety of drugs were chosen. On 45 (46%) occasions one drug was used, on 53 (54%) a combination. Drugs were administered in intramuscular form in 88 (90%) incidents. Zuclopenthixol acetate was prescribed on a total of 45 (46%) occasions. In 38 (39%) incidents the trainee used a high-dose regime. The literature regarding RT indicates inconsistency in practice. We address the reasons for this and make suggestions as to possible improvement in practice.

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Rapid tranquillisation: are we getting it right?

  • Laura Mannion (a1), Darina Sloan (a2) and Louise Connolly (a3)
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