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Management of Patients with Psychostimulant Toxicity: Guidelines for Emergency Departments

Summary: This resource provides guidelines for Emergency Department workers throughout Australia. The guidelines aim to provide information to assist in the management and treatment of individuals who may be affected by psychostimulants, including methamphetamines, such as ice (crystal methamphetamine).

The guidelines are designed to help Emergency Departments to:

  • Identify psychostimulant toxicity in patients
  • Use a standardised sedation protocol to respond quickly and safely to psychostimulant toxicity
  • Recognise and manage medical complications.

Developers: These guidelines were prepared by Linda Jenner, David Spain, Ian Whyte, Amanda Baker, Vaughan Carr and Julia Crilly on behalf of the Guidelines Development Working Party. The document was reviewed by emergency medical specialists, and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health.

Year: 2006

Costs: Free

Evidence baseThis resource has undergone expert review. Refer to the guidelines for full reference list.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 11 April 2018