Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Diagnosis and Management of the Adult Psychiatric Patient in the Emergency Department

Clinical Policy: Critical Issues in the Diagnosis and Management of the Adult Psychiatric Patient in the Emergency Department

Product Code: 303067

This activity, based on the ACEP clinical policy, reviews the available evidence surrounding issues related to the critical issues in the diagnosis and management of the adult psychiatric patient in the Emergency Department.

At the end of this course, you will be able:

  • To identify which subset of patients presenting to the Emergency Department with acute behavioral emergencies will require routine laboratory testing and brain imaging.
  • To recognize the suicide risk of patients presenting to the Emergency Department with depression and/or suicidal ideation, and discern which subset of patients are safe for discharge.
  • To consider ketamine as an appropriate pharmacologic agent for the immediate control of the severely agitated patient in the Emergency Department for the safety of the patient and/or staff.


The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 2 hours of ACEP Category I credit.
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