Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention

Author: DiMaio, Theresa G.,DiMaio, Vincent J. M., M.D.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Category: Abnormal Psychology, Political Control & Freedoms, Pathology, Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Biology, Life Sciences
Book Format: Hardcover

During a routine investigation, a suspect turns hostile. The officers on the scene spring into action and get the suspect under control by handcuffing him. Though the suspect has been successfully subdued -- he dies shortly thereafter! A psychiatric patient suddenly becomes violent. The hospital staff struggles to control the patient with four point restraint. While order has been restored and the patient has been restrained -- she dies soon afterward! Criminal and civil cases often cite positional asphyxia as the cause of death in such instances, blaming the rough treatment individuals may have received during restraint. The authors of Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention, however, propose a different explanation. In this groundbreaking book, they cite the reason being a condition called Excited Delirium Syndrome, in which the normal physiological changes produced by violent activity culminate in sudden cardiac death, often in conjunction with the effects of a drug. After introducing the topic, the book recounts the condition's history and examines traditional explanations as to why such deaths occur, and then counter as to why they are not justifiable. In addition, it illustrates the effects that stressors, legal medication, and drugs of abuse have on the cardiovascular system. The effects of underlying disease, including endogenous mental disease are also discussed. In addition, the book details prevention, assesses the role of first responders, investigators, and mental health professionals, and describes high-risk individuals. These topics, along with the many actual case studies that provide further insight, make Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention an essential resource for anyone treating or interacting with those that may have this disorder.

Table Of Contents
INTRODUCTION TO DEATH DUE TO EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME

References

HISTORY OF EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME

Bell's Mania

Current Cases

Psychopharmacology and the Disappearance of the Chronic Form of Excited Delirium

Acute Excited Delirium

References

TRADITIONAL EXPLANATIONS FOR DEATH DUE TO EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME

Medical Examiner

Positional/Restraint Asphyxia

Neck Holds

Vasovagal Reactions (Reflex Cardiac Death)

Oleresin Capsicum

Tasers

Explaining Excited Delirium Syndrome

References

PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS TO STRESS

The Sympathetic Nervous System

Physiological Effects of Strenuous/Violent Physical Activity

References

EFFECTS OF DRUGS ON THE HEART, BRAIN, AND SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

Cardiac Injury Due to Chronic Elevation of Blood

Catecholamine Levels

Psychotropic Drugs and Sudden Death

Miscellaneous Drugs

References

Additional References

SYNTHESIS OF PHYSIOLOGICAL REACTIONS TO STRESS, NATURAL DISEASE, DRUGS OF ABUSE, AND MEDICATIONS IN CASES OF EXCITED DELIRIUM

References

MEDICO-LEGAL INVESTIGATION OF DEATHS DUE TO EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME

The Investigation

The Autopsy

Toxicology

Certification of Death

References

CASES OF EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME

Excited Delirium Syndrome Associated with Mental Illness and

Natural Disease

Excited Delirium Syndrome Associated with Mental Retardation and Obesity

Excited Delirium Syndrome Associated with Mental Illness and

Therapeutic Medications

Excited Delirium Syndrome Associated with Use of Cocaine

Excited Delirium Syndrome in Association with Methamphetamine

Excited Delirium Syndrome in Association with Other Drugs

PREVENTION OF EXCITED DELIRIUM SYNDROME: THE POLICE AND FIRST RESPONDERS

Introduction

The Problem

Law Enforcement

Prevention

Emergency Responders

Police and EMS at the Scene

Emergency Rooms

References

SUDDEN DEATH OF THE PSYCHIATRIC PATIENT IN MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES

Introduction

Identifying Patients Susceptible to Excited Delirium Syndrome

Preventing Sudden Death from Excited Delirium Syndrome

Overview of Preventive Measures

Conclusion

References

INDEX

(BK-9780849316111)

SKU BK-9780849316111
Barcode # 9780849316111
Brand Taylor & Francis Ltd
Artist / Author DiMaio, Theresa G., DiMaio, Vincent J. M., M.D.
Shipping Weight 0.3600kg
Shipping Width 0.160m
Shipping Height 0.014m
Shipping Length 0.245m

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