Psychiatric Emergencies in Psychiatric Hospitals in Germany

Titel in Übersetzung: Versorgung psychiatrischer Notfälle in psychiatrischen Kliniken in Deutschland

Dirk Schwerthöffer, David Beuys, Johannes Hamann, Thomas Messer, Frank Gerald Pajonk

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Abstract

Objective: Psychiatric hospitals are confronted with high rates of psychiatric emergencies. There are, however, only few investigations that focus on psychiatric emergency care in German psychiatric hospitals, their supply structures and diagnostic and treatment standards. The aim of the survey was a systematic acquisition of the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in treating psychiatric emergencies in German psychiatric hospitals. Methods: We conducted a survey in psychiatric hospitals throughout Germany. The questionnaire consisted of questions concerning the structures of supply and diagnostic and therapeutic standards treating psychiatric emergencies. Results: 42 % of all admissions to German psychiatric hospitals were emergency admissions. More than 60 % of the patients in psychiatric emergency ambulances had to receive inpatient treatment. As standard procedures for medical clearing in psychiatric emergencies physical examination, measurement of heart rate and blood pressure and conducting certain laboratory tests and breath alcohol were named. The most common psychopharmacological agents for emergency situations were diazepam, lorazepam, haloperidol and zuclopenthixol. Conclusion: Diagnosing and treating psychiatric emergencies need more standardisation. More specific data is required to generate diagnostic and therapeutic standards.

Titel in ÜbersetzungVersorgung psychiatrischer Notfälle in psychiatrischen Kliniken in Deutschland
OriginalspracheEnglisch
Seiten (von - bis)367-373
Seitenumfang7
FachzeitschriftPsychiatrische Praxis
Jahrgang43
Ausgabenummer7
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 1 Okt. 2016
Extern publiziertJa

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