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Putting the Patient First: Updates in the Management of Acute Agitation

July 28, 2023


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Acute agitation, particularly in patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, occurs frequently, resulting in multiple visits to the emergency department each year. The management of acute agitation occurs in various departments throughout the hospital and health system. This educational activity will discuss currently recommended patient-centered approaches to care, which includes both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic treatments. Guideline-recommended approaches that improve the patient experience as well as improve future interactions between patients and healthcare professionals will also be discussed. 


Rohini (Mona) DownsRohini (Mona) Downs, PharmD, BCPP, (she/her) has practiced as a Clinical Psychiatric Pharmacist for 11 years and has a passion for patient education, treating substance use disorders, and serious mental illness. She is involved in interdisciplinary resident and student teaching and multiple hospital initiatives to expand mental health access to patients with mental illness. She greatly enjoys her work, but also loves to unwind at home with her husband, 3 children, extended family, and friends, travelling, reading, and listening to true crime podcasts.

Koth CassavaughKoth Cassavaugh, PharmD, (he/him) is the Director of Pharmacy at Auburn Community Hospital, a 99-bed acute care hospital in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree and Doctor of Pharmacy from Albany College of Pharmacy in Albany, NY. Dr. Cassavaugh has served as the Chair for Premier’s Clinical Pharmacy Practice Council. He is also a consultant to Genixus and Speaker for Bioxcel. Very active in research, presentations, publications, and teaching, Dr. Cassavaugh also works with industry and pharmacy managed focused committees. He has held management positions for 19 years in both small and large hospitals. 


The following persons in control of this activity’s content have relevant financial relationships:

  • Koth Cassavaugh – Speaker’s Bureau: BioXcel

All other persons in control of content do not have any relevant financial relationships with an ineligible company. As defined by the Standards of Integrity and Independence in Accredited Education definition of ineligible company. All relevant financial relationships have been mitigated prior to the CE activity.


Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from BioXcel.

More in this Series

Webinar: New Approaches to Managing Acute Agitation in the Hospital Setting

Expert Insight Commentary: Improving the Patient-Provider Experience in Agitation Treatment

The information presented during the podcast reflects solely the opinions of the presenter. The information and materials are not, and are not intended as, a comprehensive source of drug information on this topic. The contents of the podcast have not been reviewed by ASHP, and should neither be interpreted as the official policies of ASHP, nor an endorsement of any product(s), nor should they be considered as a substitute for the professional judgment of the pharmacist or physician.