Psychiatric Intensive Care / Edition 2

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Significantly expanded and updated from the first edition, this edition of Psychiatric Intensive Care is essential reading for all healthcare professionals and managers involved in the care of the mentally ill patient, particularly in the intensive care environment. It provides practical and evidence-based advice on the management of disturbed and severely ill psychiatric patients in secure hospital settings. New chapters were added covering multidisciplinary team working, and emphasising the interface of psychiatric intensive care with other mental health specialities; specifically, Interface with General Psychiatry, Interface with Learning Difficulties, Interface with the Child and Adolescent, Interface with Substance Misuse, Interface with Social Work, User and Carer Issues, Legal Issues and National Standards and Good Practice in Psychiatric Intensive Care. This book should be read by all mental health team members working with disturbed psychiatric patients on an inpatient basis, as well as by management staff responsible for establishing and running these services.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"easy to read...useful to any member of an inpatient team."
--Doody's Review Service

"There is much to be praised and little not to like here....the text is well-edited, comprehensive, and succinct."
--Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Nancy Schell, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book looks at the concept, practice, and development of psychiatric intensive care.
Purpose: The purpose is to cover as many elements of psychiatric intensive care as possible within the confines of one book. It also provides a practical guide in aiding the establishment and management of such.
Audience: The book is written for all healthcare and related professionals working in or interacting with psychiatric intensive care units as well as managers with a responsibility to commission, provide, and monitor such units. The intended audience may be too broad such that only one or two chapters may be useful to a particular reader. On the whole, it would appear more aptly geared for administrative purposes.
Features: The book discusses the development and definition of psychiatric intensive care and management of the acutely ill by first addressing such issues as drug treatments, psychological therapies, therapeutic activities, restraints, and seclusion. The focus then shifts toward areas of risk, interface with forensic services, and other notable issues from setting up a new psychiatric intensive care unit to effective management of care. Although it provides a good general overview, it is not thorough enough in important chapters such as drug treatment, wherein newer drugs that could be useful in an acute setting are not mentioned. This may or may not be related to the fact that this book is based upon practice in the U.K., which can significantly differ from practice in the U.S. This makes some of the material irrelevant in the United States. However, the book does offer a different perspective which is interesting and may be beneficial in further improvement and growth within the U.S.
Assessment: There are not many books that have focused on this topic. Atlhough this book is a worthwhile contribution to the field, clinicians in the U.S. may not find it as practical as practitioners in the U.K.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521709262
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Dominic Beer is Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychiatric Intensive Care and Challenging Behaviour Psychiatry, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Stephen Pereira is Lead Consultant Psychiatrist at Goodmayes Hospital, Essex.

Carol Paton is Chief Pharmacist, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College, London.

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Table of Contents

1. Psychiatric intensive care - development and definition M. Dominic Beer, Stephen M. Pereira and Carol Paton; 2. Management of acutely disturbed behaviour M. Dominic Beer, Carol Paton and Stephen M. Pereira; 3. De-escalation Roland Dix; 4. Rapid tranquilisation Caroline L. Holmes, Helen Simmons and Lyn Pilowsky; 5. Pharmacological therapy Chike I. Okocha; 6. Psychological approaches to the acute patient Marc Kingsley; 7. Psychological approaches to longer-term patients presenting with challenging behaviours Brian Malcolm McKenzie; 8. Seclusion Roland Dix, Christian Betteridge and Matthew J. Page; 9. Restraint and physical intervention Roland Dix; 10. The complex needs patient Zerrin Atakan and Venugopal Duddu; 11. Therapeutic activities within Psychiatric Intensive Care and Low Secure Units Faisal Kazi, Brenda Flood and Sarah Hooton; 12. Risk assessment and management Stephen M. Pereira, Sabrina Pietromartire and Maurice Lipsedge; 13. The provision of intensive care in forensic psychiatry Harvey Gordon; 14. The interface with forensic services James Anderson; 15. Supporting people with learning disabilities on general psychiatric wards, Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and Low Secure Units Andrew Flynn; 16. The interface with general psychiatric services; 17. The interface with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); 18. Severe mental illness and substance abuse Zerrin Atakan; 19. Social work issues in Psychiatric Intensive Care Units/Low Secure Units David Buckle; 20. User and carer involvement Stephen Pereira and Kate Woollaston; 21. Setting up a new Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit: principles and practice Andrew W. Proctor; 22. Physical environment Roland Dix; 23. Managing the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit Phil Garnham; 24. Multidisciplinary teams within Psychiatric Intensive Care Units /Low Secure Units Stephen Dye and Andy Johnston; 25. National standards and good practice Andy Johnston, Stephen Dye and Navjyoat Chhina.
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