Behavioral Disorders Emergency Assessment And Stabilization

Jeffery C. Hutzler Douglas A. Rund

Emergency Approachto, .Psychiatric, Assessment Decision.Making

Physical ..Restraint

Initial..Eyaluation

Physical ..Examination

Labo,ratory.nEya,lMu,a,tio,n

Emergency ..Situations Requiring ..Emergency .Interyention

Suicide

Clinical ..Management Chemical Restraint Consultation.. and. Referral Chapter References

This chapter presents the principles of medical and psychiatric evaluation of patients with behavior disorders and reviews the management of suicidal and violent patients. The majority of psychiatric patient visits to emergency departments occur at night when psychiatric services are limited; therefore, the hospital must be staffed at off-hours with adequate personnel adept at handling patients who are suicidal, violent, or otherwise distraught or psychotic.

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