Appropriate use of benzodiazepines and other sedatives

By Dementia Training Australia

  • Enhanced Practice
  • 4 hours
  • Online Course
Access on dta.com.au

This course will explore the role that benzodiazepines and other sedatives play in supporting a person with dementia experiencing a changed behaviour. The course will highlight the risks associated with using benzodiazepines and other sedatives, discuss the situations when benzodiazepines and other sedatives may be helpful in supporting a person with dementia and, discuss the prescribing guidelines and durations of therapy in these circumstances.

Domains:
Behaviour

Location:
nationally

Cost:
fully-subsidised

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) :
4 hours

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, staff should be able to:
  • Describe the role of benzodiazepines and other sedatives in supporting a person with dementia experiencing a changed behaviour.
  • Recognise the risks and common adverse effects that benzodiazepines and other sedatives carry when used in people with dementia.
  • Identify target changed behaviours.
  • Develop an appropriate management plan.
  • Develop an appropriate withdrawal plan.