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Acute care 

Acute care
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Acute care
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10.1093/med/9780198714750.003.0006
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date: 14 November 2019

The principles and practice of emergency care of people who have substance use disorders are presented in this chapter. The management of acute intoxication and overdose is described, with an emphasis on risk assessment so that no only the likely but also the ‘worst-case’ scenarios are considered. Key components of resuscitation are provided and the most relevant areas for examination and investigations are described, followed by the principles of emergency management to stabilize the patient. Following this there is a summary of the management of acute substance withdrawal syndromes, focusing on alcohol and benzodiazepines. The management for specific emergency situations is then described and this covers the suicidal patient, presentation with confusion and delirium, and the management of acute psychosis. Information presented is designed to assist the acute care physician in managing common emergencies related to psychoactive substance use.

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