Emergency Department Evaluation of the Adult Psychiatric Patient

Published on May 1, 2020in Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America2.264
路 DOI :10.1016/J.EMC.2020.02.001
Lauren M. Nentwich5
Estimated H-index: 5
(BMC: Boston Medical Center),
Curtis W. Wittmann5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Harvard University)
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Abstract
Many patients with acute behavioral or mental health emergencies use the emergency department for their care. Psychiatric patients have a higher incidence of chronic medical conditions and are at greater risk for injury than the general population. Patients with acute behavioral emergencies may stress already overcrowded emergency departments. This article addresses high-risk areas of the treatment and management of emergency department patients presenting with behavioral emergencies. This article identifies methods successful in determining whether the patient's behavioral emergency is the result of an organic disease process, as well as recognizing other potential acute medical emergencies in this high-risk population.
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