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Initial approach to the patient with impaired consciousness.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18630310     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients presenting with impaired consciousness are often challenging to diagnose and treat. Etiologies are multiple and varied. Obtaining an accurate history and physical exam is often difficult with the altered patient. It is essential for the physician initially evaluating the patient to have a prioritized, systematic approach. The primary goals are to stabilize the patient, rapidly recognize and treat reversible causes, and disposition the patient appropriately to avoid potential morbidity and mortality.
Amy M Stubbs
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Missouri medicine     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0026-6620     ISO Abbreviation:  Mo Med     Publication Date:    2008 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-16     Completed Date:  2008-09-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0400744     Medline TA:  Mo Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  270-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Emergency Medicine, Truman Medical Center, Kansas City, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Airway Resistance
Consciousness Disorders / diagnosis*,  therapy
Diagnosis, Differential
Glasgow Coma Scale
Risk Factors
Time Factors

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