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Safety, risk, and aggression: Health professionals’ experiences of caring for people affected by methamphetamine when presenting for emergency care

Usher, K, Jackson, D, Woods, C, Sayers, J, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775 and Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850 2017 , 'Safety, risk, and aggression: Health professionals’ experiences of caring for people affected by methamphetamine when presenting for emergency care' , International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 26 , 437–444 , doi: 10.1111/inm.12345.

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Abstract

The crystalline form of methamphetamine, commonly known as crystal meth(crystal methamphetamine) or ICE, is a highly-addictive and powerful stimulant. Users of crystalmeth often require emergency care, and are associated with a substantial burden of care byemergency care providers. The aim of the present qualitative study was to explore healthprofessionals’ experiences of providing care for patients affected by ICE who presented to theemergency department (ED). Nine semistructured interviews were conducted. The major theme,‘staying safe’, was revealed, in which participants described their experiences of being exposed topotentially unsafe situations, and their responses to challenging behaviours, including aggression.The findings highlight the need for ED staff to understand the nature of ICE use and its adverseimpact on the mental and physical health of users. Furthermore, it is clear that establishing andmaintaining safety in the emergency care setting is of utmost importance, and should be a priorityfor health-care managers.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Usher, K and Jackson, D and Woods, C and Sayers, J and Kornhaber, R and Cleary, M
Keywords: mental health, aggression, crystal methamphetamine, emergency department, ICE, violence
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN: 1445-8330
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/inm.12345
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© 2017 Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc.

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