Psychiatric & Behavioral Disorders

Psychiatric & Behavioral Disorders

Information Covered:

  1. Introduction
    1. Prevalence
    2. Medical legal considerations
    3. Safety
  2. Pathophysiology
    1. Biological/Organic
    2. Environment
      1. Psychosocial
      2. Socio-cultural
    3. Injury and illness
    4. Substance-related
      1. Abuse
      2. Dependence
      3. Intoxication
      4. Medication non-compliance
  3. Understanding Behavior
    1. Normal
    2. Abnormal
    3. Overt
    4. Violent
  4. Acute psychosis
    1. Pathophysiology
      1. Related to mental illness
      2. Organic psychosis
    2. Signs and symptoms
    3. Prehospital management
      1. Non-pharmacologic
      2. Pharmacologic
  5. Agitated delirium
    1. Pathophysiology
    2. Risk factors
    3. Signs and symptoms
    4. Management
  6. Specific Behavioral/Psychiatric Disorders
    1. Cognitive Disorders
    2. Thought Disorders
      1. Schizophrenia
      2. Psychosis
    3. Mood Disorders
      1. Bipolar
      2. Depression
    4. Neurotic disorders
    5. Substance-Related Disorders/Addictive behavior
    6. Somatoform Disorders
    7. Factitious Disorders
    8. Fastidious Disorders
    9. Impulse Control Disorders
    10. Personality Disorders
    11. Suicide
    12. Patterns of Violence, Abuse, and Neglect
  7. Assessment findings for behavioral/psychiatric patients
    1. Mental Status Exam (MSE)
    2. Physiological changes
    3. Medical/social history
    4. Consider if patient is danger to self and/or others
    5. Consider medical causes of acute crises
  8. Providing Empathetic and Respectful Management
    1. Communication techniques
    2. Crisis intervention skills
    3. Use of force/restraints (chemical, physical, tasers
  9. Medications
    1. Pharmacodynamics of prescribed medications for behavioral/psychiatric disorders
      1. Amphetamines
      2. Antidepressants
      3. Antipsychotic
      4. Phenothiazines
    2. Problems associated with non-compliance
    3. Emergency use
  10. Consider age-related variations in pediatric and geriatric patients
  11. Communication to medical facility and documentation
  12. Transport decisions

 

Content Creator: Joyce Lockwood

CAPCE Course Number: 17-EMTP-F3-1202

Total CE Hours: 1.25

Level: Advanced

EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.