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mental status

the degree of competence shown by a person in intellectual, emotional, psychological, and personality functioning as measured by psychological testing with reference to a statistical norm. See also mental status examination.

mental status

See Mini-mental test.

men·tal sta·tus

(MS) (men'tăl stat'ŭs)
A comprehensive description or statement of a patient's intellectual capacity, emotional state, and general mental health based on examiner's observations and directed interview; includes assessment of mood, behavior, orientation, judgment, memory, problem-solving ability, and contact with reality.


1. pertaining to the mind.
2. pertaining to the chin.

mental nerves
see Table 14.
mental organ
an accumulation of apocrine tubular glands in the intermandibular space of swine.
mental state
includes states of excitement, e.g. frenzy, mania and panic, and depression states, including somnolence, lassitude, narcolepsy, catalepsy, syncope and coma. Delirium is not diagnosable in animals but aimless wandering and headpressing are reminiscent of that mental state in humans.
mental status
assessment of level of patient awareness or consciousness.
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In this case, on resolution of fugue, no psychopathology was noted and the patient continues to have an unremarkable mental status on one year followup.
P's fluctuating mental status, gait in-stability, and confabulation create high sus-picion for Wernicke's encephalopathy; his dramatic improvement with TV thiamine supports that diagnosis.
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Variable information included admitting diagnosis, if zolpidem was listed as one of the patient's home medications, baseline mental status on admission, date and times of zolpidem administration, doses administered, and patient's mental status for two consecutive nursing assessments.
In terms of mental status findings, consider this question: Does the patient show extreme psychological pain or anguish, intense self-hatred, hopelessness, agitation or perturbation, psychosis (especially delusional guilt), or a wish for death?
We did not include other manually collected clinical variables beyond vital signs and mental status, because previous studies have found that the contribution of these variables to model discrimination is negligible (Tabak, Johannes, and Silber 2007; Hollenbeak et al.
Other causes of an acute ascending paralysis with preserved mental status include spinal cord tumors and acute poliomyelitis.
During the next 6 hours in the emergency department, the six patients continued to experience tachycardia, mydriasis, and altered mental status.
Based on the evidence thus far, his mental status must be raised,'' Mr Galligan said.
7,8) The Katz instrument measures of function include bathing, dressing, toileting, eating, transferring, and remaining continent, but does not address other functions such as mental status and the ability to move in bed, which are important functional activities for patients in the acute setting.
It impacts on the patients' physical and mental status, and also transforms their lives and that of their family and loved ones.
We also are better able to assess patients by identifying subtle physical or mental status changes unrecognized by patients or families.