Emergency Department Evaluation | Altered Level Conciousness

<< Altered Level of Consciousness: Evidence-Based Management in the Emergency Department (Pharmacology CME)

Emergency Department Evaluation

Initial Management

Upon arrival to the ED, emergency clinicians should quickly ascertain whether the patient requires further measures of stabilization such as securing of the airway or supportive ventilator measures. If endotracheal intubation is warranted, rapid sequence intubation should be considered in patients who are suspected to have aspiration risks.


The history provided by accompanying caregivers, witnesses, or prehospital teams can provide critical information in creating an appropriate differential of possible diagnoses. 

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