Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention

Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention

Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention

During a routine investigation, a suspect turns hostile. The officers on the scene spring into action and get the suspect  under control by handcuffing him. Though the suspect has been successfully subdued – he dies shortly thereafter…

A psychiatric patient suddenly becomes violent. The hospital staff struggles to control the patient with four point restraint. While order has been restored and the patient has been restrained – she dies soon afterward…

Criminal and civil cases often cite “positional asphyxia” as the cause of death in such instances, blaming the rough treatment individuals may have received during restraint. The authors of Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention, however, propose a different explanation. In this groundbreaking book, they cite the reason being a condition called Excited Delirium Syndrome, in which the normal physiological changes produced by violent activity culminate in sudden cardiac death, often in conjunction with the effects of a drug. 

After introducing the topic, the book recounts the condition’s history and examines traditional explanations as to why such deaths occur, and then counter as to why they are not justifiable. In addition, it illustrates the effects that stressors, legal medication, and drugs of abuse have on the cardiovascular system. The effects of underlying disease, including endogenous mental disease are also discussed. In addition, the book details prevention, assesses the role of first responders, investigators, and mental health professionals, and describes “high-risk” individuals.

These topics, along with the many actual case studies that provide further insight, make Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention an essential resource for anyone treating or interacting with those that may have this disorder. 

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  1. Puerto Ordaz "Puerto Ordaz" said,

    Wrote on October 14, 2012 @ 3:24 am

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    Finally a textbook on excited delirium, May 27, 2009
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    Puerto Ordaz “Puerto Ordaz” (Los Angeles, CA USA) –

    This review is from: Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention (Hardcover)

    We all know that if we significantly exceed our body’s systemic limits we will die. That is common sense. What is not well understood is why people will exceed their limits and also what the precise mechanisms are death are. The syndrome withing which people exceed their systemic limits is now generally known as “excited delirium” or “:agitated delirium.” Dr. DiMaio concisely gives the history of excited delirium back to the first medical paper in 1849. The book then carefully explains the mechanisms of death in excited delirium. As a frequent author of medical papers, I found this source valuable many times.

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  2. Anonymous said,

    Wrote on October 14, 2012 @ 3:57 am

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    EXCITED DELIRIUMS, June 25, 2010
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    INTERESTING ASSESSMENT OF IN CUSTODY DEATHS ASSOCIATED WITH PRIOR USE OF DRUGS/ALCOHOL AND IRREVERSIBLE CARDIAC RESPONSE TO STRESS

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