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Rapid tranquilisation of young people aged 12-17 years, algorithm

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Emergency Medicine


Adolescents have developing brains and are vulnerable to side effects e.g. disinhibition due to the use of benzodiazepine medication. It is NEVER appropriate to use haloperidol in adolescents.

Always consider and offer non-drug strategies, if behaviour continues to pose risk to self or others.

Editorial Information

Last reviewed: 01 February 2020

Next review: 31 October 2025

Author(s): Dr Elaine Lockhart (Consultant in Paediatric Liaison Psychiatry, RHCG) & Dr George Oommen (Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine)

Approved By: CAMHS Clinical Governance Group