This is EM Cases Best Case Ever 75 Reuben Strayer’s Agitated Patient
In anticipation of Episode 115 Management of the Agitated Patient, Dr. Reuben Strayer tells the story of the case that got him interested in developing an expertise around management of the agitated patient that includes an important simple pitfall and pearl about physical restraint. It that could prevent a death in your ED…
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Production, editing and sound design by Anton Helman, September 2018
I can’t help but feel like the commentary at the end of the anecdote completely missed the point, ie. that a patient may be agitated for a number of reasons such as not being able to breathe or not understanding why they are being restrained. The “pearl” is how this doctor found a way to negotiate with police that helped keep a vulnerable patient safe from further harm.