Position Statement on Agitated Patients

NAEMSP has released a position statement - Clinical Care and Restraint of Agitated or Combative Patients by EMS Practitioners - as a joint position, which replaces the previous NAEMSP positions on patient restraint from 2002, which was updated in 2017.
The NAEMSP, NASEMSO, NEMSMA, NAEMT and APA recognize that emergency medical services (EMS) personnel frequently care for agitated, combative, or violent patients, who require clinical treatment and transportation. These situations are often complicated by alcohol use, substance use, or mental health illness. When clinical monitoring and treatment are indicated, these become health care issues.
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