Disturbed or Psychiatric Patients in the ED

Authors:  Susan Elizabeth Dorrian, Sarah Jones / Editor:  Lou Mitchell / Reviewer: Rebecca Ford / Code: A5, CC4, CC6Published: 09/04/2021

After completing this session you will be able to:

  • Describe a safe environment for assessing disturbed or psychiatric patients in the emergency department
  • Interpret a psychiatric history and mental state examination to give an initial diagnosis and risk assessment
  • Plan the initial management of psychiatric patients in the emergency department
  • Differentiate between organic and non-organic causes for altered behaviour and thinking
  • Evaluate the features in a patient, which may compromise safety in the emergency department


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