NB This Policy should be read in conjunction with all Medicines Management Policies, particularly the Trust Medicines Code and Trust Formulary
Sedative medication is one of several strategies commonly used in the management of severely disturbed behaviour in inpatient settings. The severity of the disturbed behaviour and associated risk to the patient or to other people, and the apparent imminence of that risk, often determine the strategies that are employed in a particular situation. Where the risk is assessed as both severe and imminent, rapid tranquillisation may be employed.
Rapid tranquillisation (RT) has a limited evidence base because clinical trials are difficult to conduct.
These guidelines provide prescribers and nurses with background information that will allow them to make appropriate clinical decisions based on the characteristics of an individual patient and situation.
The accompanying documents "Protocol for Rapid Tranquillisation" and the "DMI Physical Intervention and Rapid Tranquillisation Monitoring Form" should be used in conjunction with this Policy. (DMI = De-escalation, Management and Intervention)
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