An underlying medical problem
History of smoking
Monday morning blues that last until Friday
Feeling blue after the break up of a long-term relationship
Feeling depressed week after week with no discernible cause
Thoughts of suicide
You may be able to predict whether a person will become violent.
Scene safety is always your primary concern.
Behavior problems may be the result of drug or alcohol abuse.
Most people with a mental illness are dangerous
an O2 saturation of 98%
Inadequate blood flow to the brain
adequate glucose levels in the blood
thoracic spinal cord injury
organic brain syndrome
document restraints only when leather restraints are used
document everything that happened on the call
avoid quoting the patient’s own words
interject your interpretations of the patient’s thoughts
assessing the scene
being prepared to spend extra time
encouraging purposeful movement
determining the underlying psychiatric disorder
airway and breathing
scene safety and patient response
history of medications
respiratory and circulatory status
Family history of suicide
Does the patient appear to be well groomed?
Is the environment unsafe?
Is there an imminent threat to the patient or others?
Is there evidence of self-destructive behavior?
law enforcement officer
level of consciousness
respiration and circulation status