Mental Health Book

Sexual Development


Agitated Behavior Scale

Aka: Agitated Behavior Scale
  1. See Also
    1. Behavioral Activity Rating Scale
    2. Agitation
    3. Agitated Delirium
    4. Agitation in Dementia
    5. Violent Behavior
    6. Calming the Agitated Patient
    7. Physical Restraint
    8. Emergency Psychiatric Evaluation
    9. Delirium
  2. Protocol: Scoring
    1. Score 1: Absent
    2. Score 2: Slight
      1. Does not prevent patient from conducting other appropriate behavior
    3. Score 3: Moderate
      1. Requires redirection from agitated to appropriate behavior
    4. Score 4: Extreme
      1. Despite redirection attempts, Agitation persists
  3. Protocol: Behaviors (assign a score of 1 to 4 to each of the following 14)
    1. Short attention span, easy distractibility, inability to concentrate
    2. Impulsive, impatient, low tolerance for pain or frustration
    3. Uncooperative, resistant to care or demanding
    4. Violent and or threatening Violence toward people or property
    5. Explosive or unpredictable anger
    6. Rocking, rubbing, moaning or other self-stimulating behavior
    7. Pulling at tubes or restraints
    8. Wandering from treatment areas
    9. Restlessness, pacing, or excessive movement
    10. Repetitive behaviors (motor or verbal)
    11. Rapid, loud or excessive talking.
    12. Sudden changes of mood.
    13. Excessive crying or laughing.
    14. Self-abusiveness (physical or verbal)
  4. Protocol: Interpretation (total score)
    1. Score 36 or higher
      1. Severe Agitation
    2. Score 29 to 35
      1. Moderate Agitation
    3. Score 22 to 28
      1. Mild Agitation
    4. Score <22
      1. No significant Agitation
  5. Resources
    1. COMBI Agitated Behavior Scale (pdf)
  6. References
    1. OSU Agitated Behavior Scale

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