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Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19

7 Jul 2020

The WA Department of Health has published a clinical guideline on the management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19.

This guideline addresses the safe care and management of consumers
presenting with psychological distress and acute behavioural disturbance who have suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and asymptomatic people who fulfil the criteria for mandatory self-isolation.

Behaviours within scope of this guideline are aggression, acute behavioural
disturbance, and agitation.

This guideline is of particular relevance to inpatient mental health units and emergency departments, but the principles can be applied in other health settings such as general medical wards, alcohol and other drug services and community settings.

Guideline: Management of acute behavioural disturbance in COVID-19 (published 02/07/2020)


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