Risk Management Pitfalls In Patients With Altered Level Of Consciousness
“The patient was drinking alcohol while driving and got into a car accident. His altered mental status must be from his intoxication.”
Although alcohol intoxication may contribute to the patient’s ALOC, it is important to rule out any other concomitant etiologies for the patient’s ALOC, including, but not limited to, intracranial injury due to the motor vehicle crash.
“I thought that this was her neurological baseline.”
In special populations that include developmentally delayed patients, it is imperative to ask the caretaker(s) what the patient’s neurological baseline is in order to correctly assess and evaluate any changes in levels of consciousness.
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