altered mental status


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altered mental status

A changed level of awareness or mental state that falls short of unconsciousness.
Examples AMS Confusion, disorientation, or stupor (which, if of sudden onset, constitute a medical emergency).
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TABLE 3 Causes of altered mental status in patients without cerebrospinal fluid leucocytosis (n=26) Aetiology Number of patients Medication effect 11 Documented infection outside CNS 4 Seizure 4 Septic encephalopathy 3 hypoxic encephalopathy 1 hepatic encephalopathy 1 Uremic encephalopathy 1 hypercapnia 1
6) Altered mental status 148/275 (54) 68/463 (15) 95% Confidence p value Characteristic interval ([dagger]) Sex, M 1.
West Boylston Street, ambulance needed at CVS Pharmacy for a person with altered mental status.
Our patient presented with vomiting and altered mental status.
86) to be associated with altered mental status (irritability/lethargy) in children <5 years old (Table 2).
The researchers found that laboratory data contributed more to the prediction of mortality compared to any other data source across most diseases except for stroke, where altered mental status was more important than lab results.
In a double-blind, randomized trial involving a total of 147 patients who presented to an emergency department during the 2004-2005 study period, an intramuscular injection of 5 mg of the butyrophenone antipsychotic droperidol was found to result in significantly greater sedation after 15 and 30 minutes (as measured by mean scores on the Altered Mental Status Scale) than did 10 mg or 20 mg of the atypical antipsychotic ziprasidone (Geodon) or 2 mg of the benzodiazepine lorazepam.
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The virus infects the brain and surrounding structures and produces a variety of clinical effects, including meningitis, altered mental status, a paralysis similar to that seen with poliovirus infections, and, in the most severe cases, irreversible coma.
West Boylston Street, ambulance needed at Salter College for a person with altered mental status, possibly from drugs.
Subsequent active surveillance, using the same clinical case definition of sudden fever onset with stiff neck, altered mental status, or both, showed 74 suspected cases through mid-March 2006, with a case-fatality rate of 20%.
The cross-sectional study of patients 18 years or older excluded those who were severely ill or who had altered mental status upon presentation to the emergency department.