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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Emotional state

So how do you describe the emotional state of your patients. Here is a guide:

Emotional State:
  1. Anxiety/ nervousness: watching every movement; asthma, respiratory failure, hypoxia
  2. Depressed: quiet, denial
  3. Anger/ combative/ irritable: electrolyte imbalance
  4. Euphoria: drugs, OD
  5. Panic: hypoxia, tension pneumothorax, status asthmaticus.

For a printable cheat sheet with this information and more, click here.

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