Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Attending Physician UTSW Medical Center UT Southwestern Medical Center / Dallas Police Department Dallas, Texas, United States
During the session, the presenters will talk about the high-stress nature of acutely agitated behavioral health emergency patients. We will go over the pathophysiology; acute emergency response; and collaborative care with EMS, fire, and other first responders.
We will then detail the evidence-based best practices; the nature and dynamics of use of force in these circumstances; and the way in which to minimize harm to the individual, officers, and bystanders.
We will discuss physical restraint, medical sedation, legal aspects, and recommendations.
The presenter will draw on his decade of experience as an EMT, sworn police officer, and dual board-certified ER physician and EMS physician. He will also briefly present a pilot program he is developing for these patients. This is one to not miss!