Psychiatric emergencies: Rapid response and life-saving therapies

Gary J. Kennedy, Ejike Onuogu, Robert Lowinger

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Abstract

Mental status in older patients can be acutely affected by a range of factors, particularly polypharmacy, disorders of cognition, psychosis, and elder abuse. Patients so affected may be agitated, uncooperative, combative, suicidal, or incapable of participating in treatment decisions. In a life- threatening emergency, a patient may need to be restrained or a treatment administered against a patient's wishes. Key to successful management of psychiatric emergencies is an awareness of the potential scenarios, familiarity with appropriate interventions, and an understanding of patient rights. An increased alertness for life-threatening behaviors can help prevent an event from worsening and minimize the likelihood of a patient acting out on a threat of violence or suicide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-46
Number of pages9
JournalGeriatrics
Volume54
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1999

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Psychiatry
Emergencies
Cognition Disorders
Elder Abuse
Acting Out
Therapeutics
Polypharmacy
Patient Rights
Violence
Psychotic Disorders
Suicide

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  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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Psychiatric emergencies : Rapid response and life-saving therapies. / Kennedy, Gary J.; Onuogu, Ejike; Lowinger, Robert.

In: Geriatrics, Vol. 54, No. 9, 09.1999, p. 38-46.

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Kennedy, GJ, Onuogu, E & Lowinger, R 1999, 'Psychiatric emergencies: Rapid response and life-saving therapies', Geriatrics, vol. 54, no. 9, pp. 38-46.
Kennedy, Gary J. ; Onuogu, Ejike ; Lowinger, Robert. / Psychiatric emergencies : Rapid response and life-saving therapies. In: Geriatrics. 1999 ; Vol. 54, No. 9. pp. 38-46.
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