ASSESSMENT OF MENTALLY DISTURBED PATIENTS

The assessment and management of psychiatric patients should acknowledge these two principles:

Therefore the essential requirements for a psychiatric evaluation by all ED doctors are:

IMPORTANT:  as in the case of any patient whose history may be unreliable or not forthcoming, other possible sources of information may need to be contacted  (with consideration for confidentiality) including family, GP, private psychiatrist, mental health worker and housemates

Initial management considerations generally include: