Handbook of
Psychiatric Emergencies

  The authoritative guide to managing psychiatric emergencies written specifically for health care practitioners

Handbook of Psychiatric Emergencies presents clear, detailed information that clinicians can use to identify psychiatric problems accurately, intervene safely, and complete the patient's disposition appro­priately. The authors explore the psychiatric condi­tions most prevalent in emergency settings delirium, alcohol and drug emergencies, schizophrenia and mania, violent and suicidal behavior, depression, domestic abuse, and more. For each psychiatric problem, the handbook describes:

pertinent mental status findings, physical findings, laboratory studies, and differential diagnoses

interpersonal measures the clinician can take to defuse a potentially explosive situation

drug treatments that may prove effective when interpersonal interventions alone fail to resolve the crisis

educational interventions to help the patient and family prevent recurrences

relevant medicolegal issues, such as confi­dentiality, competence, informed consent, civil commitment, and liability.

Psychiatric emergencies can occur anytime, anywhere. This handy, fast-access guide can be used b y a nursing professional in any clinical setting. You will learn to evaluate a psychiatric problem with accuracy and speed, learn to stabilize the patient and carry out patient. 

Table of Contents:

Medical Legal Considerations
Alcohol Emergencies
Drug-Abuse Emergencies
Schizophrenia and Mania
The Violent Patient
The Self-Destructive Patient
The Anxious Patient
Domestic Abuse
Child And Adolescent Emergencies
The Elderly Patient
Difficult Situations
Psychotropic Drug Reactions