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Management of Antipsychotic Medications for Responsive Behaviour in Residential Aged Care

Learn how to create an evidence-based plan to support the optimisation of antipsychotic medication management of responsive behaviours in your workplace.

01 Mar 2018 - 15 Mar 2018 elearning

This course is estimated to take 1 hour to complete

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DTA-7915-03-18 : Management of Antipsychotic Medications for Responsive Behaviour in Residential Aged Care

Start Date: March 1, 2018 This program summarises current evidence regarding:
  • The management of responsive behaviours with first-line non-pharmacological (non-drug) strategies
  • The introduction, management and withdrawal of antipsychotic medication use for responsive behaviours, when all other non-drug strategies have been unsuccessful
A case study and short film snippets are used to illustrate how aged care teams are able to use specific DTA resources to implement current recommendations regarding these medications. The learner’s understanding of the program’s content is evaluated throughout using interactive activities. The program is estimated to take around 60 minutes to complete and is divided into three steps: Step one: Dementia and responsive behaviours A brief review of dementia and responsive behaviours, and appropriate support options for a person with dementia who is experiencing responsive behaviours. Step two: Optimising antipsychotic medication management of responsive behaviours A description of DTA medication management resources that may be used within residential aged care facilities to optimise use of antipsychotic medication management for residents experiencing responsive behaviours. A case study illustrates where medications may be useful in the care of a person with dementia who is experiencing a responsive behaviour. The step also discusses potential benefits and risks, including situations where medications are and are not appropriate. Step three: Starting and stopping antipsychotic medication Continuing with the case study, this step describes a possible process to start, monitor and withdraw an antipsychotic medication for a responsive behaviour when all non-drug measures have been unsuccessful. Upon the successful completion of all three steps, learners are presented with a certificate confirming their participation in the program.

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