Browsing: Patient Interactions

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Most EDs are not designed to provide comprehensive psychiatric care, leading to suboptimal treatment for psychiatric patients, particularly those with suicidal ideations. Boarding in the ED often resu
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Depression and suicidality are common presenting complaints in the ED and require vast resources to fully evaluate, treat, and determine appropriate dispositions for patients. Our case illustrates how
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Despite our best intentions when speaking with a patient or their family, subtle aspects of our communication can dramatically influence these conversations and our conclusions regarding the patient’s
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Our case highlights the importance of recognizing factitious disorder as early as possible and connecting these patients with appropriate resources, as even specialists have difficulty diagnosing and
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Initiating buprenorphine-naloxone treatment in the ED helps patients who are ready to start treatment and educates them about their options. Introducing buprenorphine-naloxone as an option in the ED w
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Debriefing, leaning on peers, and seeking mental health help are all important steps in caring for unfavorable patients. Acknowledge the emotional toll that this may take on you, approach the situatio
Our responsibility to attempt therapeutic relationships and try to understand where our patients are coming from is not “window dressing.” Capacity assessments often, but not always, appear at moments
We have new resources to help you speak with your patients about COVID-19 treatments. These free print and digital materials are available for EMRA members to use to help educate patients about who's
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Addiction is a disease that responds to treatment. We must offer services to all patients no matter how many times it takes them to accept help. Who’s to say that attempt number 30 isn’t the one that
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The next time you or I see a patient, let’s take a second to confirm the patient can adequately understand us. That may mean speaking slower, speaking louder, or making sure the patient has hearing ai