Assessing a Patient with an Altered Mental Status

Assessing a Patient with an Altered Mental Status

Assessing a Patient with an Altered Mental Status

Assessing a Patient with an Altered Mental Status

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Altered mental status is a common medical concern in healthcare, especially in pre-hospital settings. Altered mental status refers to a change in behavior due to abnormal brain function, and it can be caused by a variety of reasons. By thoroughly accessing a patient who presents with altered mental status, the underlying issue can be addressed effectively and the patient can have a more successful outcome. This course will provide an overview of what altered mental status is, discuss the symptoms and ways to assess a patient, describe the various types of alterations, and identify differences in assessment based on the cause. It will also discuss risk factors for developing an altered mental status, disease prevalence, and the impact on the population.

COURSE INFORMATION

30 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2020-04-08Updated 2020-04-13

Course Objectives

  • Characterize a patient with altered mental status.
  • Explain how to perform an assessment.
  • Identify the risk factors to altered mental status.
  • Describe management of patients with altered mental status.
  • Determine how these patients affect the healthcare system.

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