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Owen Barr

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date: 05 May 2021

Nurses for people with intellectual disabilities are often required to make autonomous professional decisions and respond to people with intellectual disabilities in emergency or challenging situations. This chapter explores how the likelihood of an emergency situation may be assessed and, if possible, avoided through proactive nursing decisions. It also provides practical advice and lists additional resources that will be of use when responding to emergency situations, including the management of a person in a seizure, self-harm, self-injury, missing person, risk of suicide, allergies, adverse reactions to medication, medication errors, and needlestick/sharps injuries. The chapter concludes with consideration of, and practical advice on, concerns about unsafe standards of care or complaints and the importance of accurate recording and reporting.

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