UMEM Educational Pearls

For the agitated geriatric patient, if verbal deescalation, distraction, and providing a safe quiet area do not work and you require chemical sedation use oral antipsychotics first.  Follow this with IV or IM antipsychotics. Avoid benzodiazepines due to often worsening delirium or respiratory depression. For dosing, start low and go slow.


Geriatric Psychiatric Emergencies

Emergency Medicine Clinics  VOLUME 42, ISSUE 1, P135-149, FEBRUARY 2024

Michelle A. Fischer, MD, MPH Monica Corsetti, MD

Published:July 31, 2023DOI: