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February 20, 1981

The Disruptive Patient or Visitor

JAMA. 1981;245(7):755-757. doi:10.1001/jama.1981.03310320067034

A disruptive patient or visitor can be managed by a four-person team under the direction of a single leader. When the disruptive person is subdued and transported to a separate room for evaluation, a brief examination is recommended before medication. If medication is found necessary, haloperidol is the drug of choice. A patient can be treated without consent if a court has determined that the patient is incompetent to make such a decision.

(JAMA 1981;245:755-757)