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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’s strengths include a very readable style, a multi-disciplinary authorship and chapters that cover the many diverse aspects of psychiatric intensive care. When reading it you get the firm impression that most of the chapters are written by people with real ‘hands on’ practical experience in their fields.’

Source: Bulletin of the National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care Units

‘I strongly recommend this book. It should have wide appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience. It is soundly researched, able constructed and well written. I suspect that it will sit well in all mental health settings and on individual professional’s bookshelves, and that in time it will become a well-thumbed and much appreciated text.’

Source: Mental Health Practice

‘The book is packed full of extremely sensible advice on how to manage difficult clinical problems in the most challenging of patients. It has something for everyone - trainees, consultants, nurses, managers and those professions allied to medicine.’

Source: Hospital Doctor

‘It is comprehensive and multi-disciplinary. It is clinically oriented and most chapters will be of interest to clinical staff working on intensive care units.’

Source: British Journal of Psychiatry

'The concise chapters make this book easy to read and the various topics are useful to any member of an impatient team. This second edition covers areas that were not captured in the first edition.'

Alyson Myers - MD, Rush University Medical Centre

'I'd suggest reading this volume many times, as I did, since so much is covered so well in only 350 pages. My compliments to the authors and editors!'

Source: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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  • 3 - De-escalation
    pp 24-31
    • By Roland Dix, Consultant Nurse in Psychiatric Intensive Care and Secure Rehabilitation; Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England; Executive Committee Member NAPICU; Editor in Chief, Journal of Psychiatric Intensive Care, Wotton Lawn, Horton Road, Gloucester, UK, Mathew J. Page, Greyfriars Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit, Severn NHS Trust, Wotton Lawn, Gloucester, UK

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