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Management of a Person Displaying Acute Behavioural Disturbance

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Acute behavioural disturbance (ABD) is behaviour that has the potential to cause serious harm, major injury or death to the affected person, yourself or others. It includes behaviours such as making threats, aggression, extreme distress and self-harm.

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Acute behavioural disturbance (ABD) is behaviour that has the potential to cause serious harm, major injury or death to the affected person, yourself or others. It includes behaviours such as making threats, aggression, extreme distress and self-harm. When encountering ABD, ensuring the safety of all people present is your immediate priority. In some cases, the person displaying abnormal behaviour may not be a client but instead, other people present such as family members or friends. There may even be situations where several people are displaying behavioural disturbance at once.

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Noreen McConville
09 Oct 2021
I like it
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Lisa Hawes
05 Oct 2021
This was a particularly useful resource, given that overt behaviours occur on a daily basis in aged care facilities, and knowing how to approach these incidents without resorting to restraint is imperative
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Nyree FEATHERSTONE
11 Oct 2021
Was,what I needed to keep in date with best care practices
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Catherine Sinclair
23 Jan 2022
Extremely well done,good practical advice that would be easily transferable to any workplace.A clear message given,that if you cannot hadle the situation yourself,call for assistance at once to ensure your own safety.
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Suzanne Thorogood
07 Nov 2021
Very informative and interesting
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Susan Hawker
07 Oct 2021
Informative on how to deescalate and diagnose acute behavioural disturbances.
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Kira-Ann Bremen
18 Jan 2022
Insightful information
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Judi Brown
04 Oct 2021
Really helped me up skill on restrictive practices and working with aggressive behaviours.
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PRABHJOT SAINI
06 Jan 2022
very informative
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Sunita
22 Oct 2021
This has improved my knowledge.
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