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Experiences of Health Professionals Caring for People Presenting to the Emergency Department After Taking Crystal Methamphetamine (“ICE”)

Cleary, M ORCID: 0000-0002-1453-4850, Jackson, D, Woods, C, Kornhaber, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6556-6775, Sayers, J and Usher, K 2017 , 'Experiences of Health Professionals Caring for People Presenting to the Emergency Department After Taking Crystal Methamphetamine (“ICE”)' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing, vol. 38 , pp. 33-41 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1251516.

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Abstract

Globally, addiction to “ICE” (crystal methamphetamine) isincreasing and presents emergency health care services personnelwith a number of challenges. This paper reports the first oftwo major themes arising from a qualitative study investigatinghealth professionals’ experiences’ managing people presenting tothe Emergency Department (ED) after taking “ICE.” The theme“Caring for people who use ‘ICE’ when presenting to EDs” comprisesfive subthemes. These are: (a) expecting the unexpected:“they’re just off their heads”; (b) complexity of care: “underlyingtrauma and emotional dysregulation”; (c) connecting and relationships:“engaging in a calm and helpful way”; (d) coordinatingcare and teamwork: “keeping them quiet and away from everybody”and (e) learning and reflection: “we need to rethink our treatmentoptions.” These findings highlight the complexity and resourceintensityassociated with providing emergency care to personsaffected by ICE, and the need for thoughtful strategies that canfurther develop the capacity and capability of health professionalsto provide optimal care to people using ICE.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cleary, M and Jackson, D and Woods, C and Kornhaber, R and Sayers, J and Usher, K
Keywords: Health Professionals, Emergency Department, Crystal Methamphetamine (“ICE”)
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc.
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1251516
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Copyright 2017 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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