Disposition | Altered Level Conciousness

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


Any patient presenting with unresolved ALOC or ALOC without a clear cause should be admitted for observation and further evaluation. Criteria for admission to the intensive care unit rather than the inpatient floor may include the following: (1) Concerns regarding the patient’s cardiopulmonary status; (2) the need for mechanical ventilation; (3) increased intracranial pressure; and/or (4) the need for more frequent or intensive patient care (eg, DKA requiring frequent laboratory evaluation).

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