Summary | Altered Level Conciousness

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


Patients who present with ALOC can be a diagnostic challenge, given the wide differential of possible diagnoses. A comprehensive history, complete physical examination, as well as the aid of selected laboratory and imaging tests can help delineate the underlying etiology for the change in the patient's level of consciousness. Management approaches should be based on suspected etiologies, and reversible and readily treatable causes might be identified and treated rapidly, such as treating hypoglycemia with dextrose fluids or seizures with anticonvulsants.

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