This book provides a practical, accessible guide for mental health nurses confronted with emergencies so as to enable them to manage these emergencies in a therapeutic, safe and legally proper manner. As with all emergencies, the immediate care of patients with mental health problems must be simple and quick, and so this book comprises easy to read bulleted short notes for quick reference and reliable guidance
Focuses on the emergency management of the acutely ill psychiatry patient. Offers comprehensive coverage of clinical strategies for diagnosing and treating patients who may be dangerous to themselves of others. Contains: diagnostic and treatment algorithms, prescribing information, differential diagnosis and DSM-IV diagnostic criteria and terminology.