The Mental Status Examination in Emergency Practice

Jasmine Koita, Sylvana Riggio, Andy Jagoda

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A systematic approach to assessing mental status in the emergency department is key to identifying alterations in mental status and to directing diagnostic testing and management. After initial stabilization of the patient, it is critical to assess a patient's alertness, attention, and cognition, and perform a brief psychiatric assessment to fully evaluate a patient with mental status changes. This article offers an approach to allow better management of a patient with altered mental status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-451
Number of pages13
JournalEmergency Medicine Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Altered mental status
  • Cognition
  • Delirium
  • Dementia


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