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Prehospital Chemical Restraint of a Noncommunicative Autistic Minor by Law Enforcement.
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PMID:  22235798     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract When responders are dealing with an agitated patient in the field, safety for all involved may sometimes only be accomplished with physical or chemical restraints. While experiences using chemical restraint in the prehospital setting are found in the medical literature, the use of this by law enforcement as a first-response restraint has not previously been described. We report a case of successful law enforcement-administered sedation of a noncommunicative, autistic, and violent minor using intramuscular droperidol and diphenhydramine. Although this case has some unique characteristics that allowed chemical restraint to be given by the law enforcement agency, it calls attention to some specific prehospital issues that need to be addressed when dealing with autistic patients with extreme agitation.
Jeffrey D Ho; Paul C Nystrom; Darryl V Calvo; Marc S Berris; Jeffrey F Norlin; Joseph E Clinton
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1545-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703530     Medline TA:  Prehosp Emerg Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the Department of Emergency Medicine, Hennepin County Medical Center (JDH, PCN, DVC, JEC) , Minneapolis, Minnesota ; and Meeker County Sheriff's Office (MSB, JFN) , Litchfield, Minnesota.
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