PHARM Podcast 120 : Prehospital mental health emergencies

Hi Folks

On today’s show, I talk about the hard lessons learnt in mental health care and psychiatric emergencies in my career so far!

Further reading:

  1. Management of the acutely agitated patient in a remote location
  2. Surviving Sedation Guidelines 2015


Now, onto the PODCAST!



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2 thoughts on “PHARM Podcast 120 : Prehospital mental health emergencies

  1. We should never underestimate the footprints we leave on our patients lives. We sometimes leave bad impressions, through accidents, attitudes or unreasonable expectations.
    When we care and treat those who suffer from a mental health disorder, we have the opportunity to instil trust. If we look at them with disdain and disappointment, they are unlikely to trust health professionals to help them again. If we look at and treat them just as you would the chest pain, septic or oncology patient… mental health patients are more likely to trust, accept care and treatment in the future. ( my un-evidenced opinion)
    Instead of judging or making assumptions as to how and why those patients are where are as they stand infront of you today, consider HOW they got there.
    What happened to them? What happened in their early, formative years? Do they have people on “their team”?
    Can you be their “team” right now to get them where they need to be, just like the more “interesting” STEMI pt to the cath lab.
    I like what Minh said.. It’s not just abut the chemical agent.. It’s about the overall approach…
    This is an incredibly brave, honest and needed podcast. Almost every mental health podcast I have listened to in the past has been about the drug and dose of choice. It has been about risk algorithms and checklist tick boxes and type of mechanical restraint…
    Minh has ignored all that this time.. He has humanised what is one of the most prevalent health conditions facing humans across the world.
    Depression, anxiety, psychosis… It COULD happen to any one of us.. And does!
    If you can start your treatment by being compassionate and human, maybe those chemical agents will have as less significance during your journey..

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