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Title: Experiences of Health Professionals Caring for People Presenting to the Emergency Department After Taking Crystal Methamphetamine ("ICE")
Contributor(s): Cleary, Michelle (author); Jackson, Debra (author); Woods, Cindy  (author)orcid ; Kornhaber, Rachel (author); Sayers, Jan (author); Usher, Kim  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2017
DOI: 10.1080/01612840.2016.1251516
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Abstract: Globally, addiction to "ICE" (crystal methamphetamine) is increasing and presents emergency health care services personnel with a number of challenges. This paper reports the first of two major themes arising from a qualitative study investigating health professionals' experiences' managing people presenting to the Emergency Department (ED) after taking "ICE." The theme "Caring for people who use 'ICE' when presenting to EDs" comprises five subthemes. These are: (a) expecting the unexpected: "they're just off their heads"; (b) complexity of care: "underlying trauma and emotional dysregulation; (c) connecting and relationships: "engaging in a calm and helpful way"; (d) coordinating care and teamwork: "keeping them quiet and away from everybody" and (e) learning and reflection: "we need to rethink our treatment options." These findings highlight the complexity and resource-intensity associated with providing emergency care to persons affected by ICE, and the need for thoughtful strategies that can further develop the capacity and capability of health professionals to provide optimal care to people using ICE.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(1), p. 33-41
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1096-4673
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 111005 Mental Health Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 420504 Mental health nursing
420501 Acute care
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920410 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920414 Substance Abuse
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200409 Mental health
200401 Behaviour and health
200499 Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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