For More Information, Press Release Contact: Kate Allaria Dir. PR & Marketing Gateway Regional Medical Center For Immediate Release – June 20, 2012 Tel: 618-798-3167 Kate_Allaria@chs.net TWO REGIONAL EXPERTS TO PRESENT AT GATEWAY REGIONAL’S ‘LET’S GET A GRIP ON EXCITED DELIRIUM’ – Thursday June 28th Educational opportunity for area healthcare, law enforcement, and EMS professionals Granite City, IL, June 20, 2012…… Gateway Regional Medical Center will present ‘Let’s Get a Grip on Excited Delirium’ for area healthcare, law enforcement, and EMS professionals on Thursday, June 28th, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Two regional experts on the subject – Thomas Scaggs, M.D. and Lt. Michael Paulus – will present the program. Lunch and refreshments are included. “Excited Delirium is a state of extreme aggressive behavior leading to violent behavior and a relentless struggle. ED is associated with a delusional mental state that is usually caused by illicit drug use, and it may ultimately cause sudden death,” said event presenter Thomas Scaggs. M.D., emergency staff physician at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL for 20 years. Dr. Scaggs has also been EMS medical director including medical director of a helicopter transport service. “We are still learning about this disease as the diagnosis and understanding of it is in its infancy. Since misdiagnosis often leads to blame of the wrong entity (i.e. law enforcement or medical personnel), and the fact that proper treatment may prevent the result of sudden death often seen, widespread communication and teaching is essential.” The Let’s Get a Grip on Excited Delirium program will include presentations and discussions regarding the assessment, diagnosis, cause, importance of understanding the disease, treatment, work-up and case studies including video. Specific topics will include: Definition, Causes & Treatments Need for Multi-Disciplinary Response Protocol Sedation, Pre-Hospital Documentation, Emergency Department Workup Multiple Officer Control Tactic Lt. Michael Paulus, an excited delirium subject matter expert, is a certified Force Science Analyst and 25-year veteran of the Champaign (Ill.) PD. Lt. Paulus will discuss the Need for Multi- Disciplinary Response Protocol and Multiple Officer Control Tactic. Lt. Paulus was instrumental in developing and coordinating the implementation of this protocol in Champaign County. “The program is a perfect platform to get the community to work together on coordination of mental health care needs,” said Michele Sturm, RN, MS, Administrator, Behavioral Health Services at Gateway Regional Medical Center. “As the area leaders in behavioral health services, we serve a very large population. Part of our mission is to proactively address the education needs of the care team at Gateway Regional, as well as the local frontline law enforcement and EMS professionals. At this conference, we are extending that education to our peers in the region so that we can better care for the communities we serve.” Dr. Scaggs concludes, “The most important message we can share with attendees and the community is that excited delirium is a real disease process, a disease that is treatable. Without treatment, sudden death may occur. But, sudden death is due to the previous actions on behalf of the patient (i.e. drug abuse), not by the actions of those trying to help them.” Healthcare, law enforcement, and EMS professionals can register for ‘Let’s Get a Grip on Excited Delirium’ by contacting James_Isaac@chs.net, or by calling 618-798-3166. # # # ## About Gateway Regional Medical Center ## Gateway Regional Medical Center is a 382 bed hospital with a 100 bed behavioral health unit. Located in Granite City, GRMC and its predecessors have served the community for over 100 years. Gateway is home to The Bone & Joint Center and is a leader in joint replacement surgery and recovery. With a medical staff of over 150 physicians, Gateway Regional provides a very broad range of services, including emergency services, orthopedics, home health and hospice, occupational health, and women and newborn services. For more information about Gateway Regional Medical Center, call (618) 798-3000.
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