Chapter 10. Emergency Department Treatment

DOI: 10.1176/appi.books.9781585624119.608118
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Psychiatrists see patients in crisis not only in emergency departments but also (occasionally) in their offices, during home visits, or in medical or nursing home settings. In this chapter, we address some of the more common emergencies facing the clinical psychiatrist.

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Table 10–1. Medication options for rapid tranquilization of agitated patients (administered every 30–60 minutes)
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Table 10–2. Short-term (6- to 12-month) risk factors for suicide in depressed patients
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Table 10–3. Antidepressant overdoses and their management
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Table 10–4. Emergency complications of antipsychotic use


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