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Optimising Management of Behavioural Emergencies in the Emergency Department

posted on 04.01.2018, 04:43 by YEN LING YAP
This thesis provides critical information to optimise the management of behavioural emergencies. Specifically, it addressed information gaps related to the efficacy, safety and cost-efficiency of injectable sedative medications. It has shown intravenous administration of midazolam-droperidol combination therapy appears to be safe, and produces rapid sedation at less cost than monotherapy with either intravenous droperidol or olanzapine. The research also revealed factors that foster a trusting patient-staff relationships, and explored patients’ needs during and after the behavioural emergency. The information generated will facilitate informed decision-makings and improve the quality of emergency care to this group of patients.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

David Kong

Additional supervisor 1

David McD Taylor

Additional supervisor 2

Jonathan C. Knott

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Centre for Medicine Use and Safety (CMUS)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences