Wheatbelt EMET Difficult Patient Workshop 2016

Behavioural Emergencies: Pre-learning

WA Wheatbelt EMET program

Behavioural emergencies are complex and misleading. The cause of the acute behavioural change may be as simple as “a bottle of vodka” or as sinister as meningitis. The differential diagnosis is incredibly broad therefore these patients require a careful assessment of both their physical and mental health.

The topic considers the approach to the assessment of the patient with behavioural disturbance including the immediate priorities in assessment and management that focus on reducing risk (to the patient and others) and screening for immediately treatable medical causes such as head injury, hypoglycaemia, infection and drug intoxication or withdrawal and therapeutic approaches to the management severe agitation