Aggression and Sedation

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Lecture Overview

No matter the situation, violence against healthcare workers is never ok. Unfortunately, front-line workers (paramedics, first-responders, emergency department, etc) will still often meet with aggression and violence in the line of duty. In this presentation, paramedic lecturer Jeff Kenneally explores patient aggression and sedation to help you identify the right course of action to ensure your safety as well as the best possible outcome for your patient. A great review of de-escalation techniques and both restraint and sedation methods.


Portrait of Jeff Kenneally
Jeff Kenneally

Jeff Kenneally has a lifelong commitment to pre-hospital care, having served as an operational paramedic for 34 years, mostly in intensive care roles. He has managed frontline paramedic teams, commanded major events, mentored, educated and worked in communications dispatch centres and at the ambulance air wing. His roles have taken him to rural and metropolitan areas. For four years, Jeff managed the Ambulance Victoria clinical practice guidelines. In recent years, Jeff has turned to university lecturing for paramedic students, including leading international study tours. He is a published author in pre-hospital practice and contributor to numerous major textbooks. In 2018, Jeff was awarded the Ambulance Service Medal in recognition of his contribution. See Educator Profile