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Psychiatric Emergencies 

Psychiatric Emergencies
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Psychiatric Emergencies
Author(s):

Travis Mickelson

, D. Richard Martini

, and Maryland Pao

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199335114.003.0014
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date: 27 July 2021

This chapter addresses three problems that require urgent psychiatric intervention in the medical setting: 1) patients who are suicidal or self-harming, 2) patients who are delirious, and 3) patients who are aggressive and potentially dangerous to others. In general, these are rare occurrences in children and adolescents with cancer but are highly distressing and urgent for families and staff alike when they occur. It is important to differentiate between high and low risk suicidal ideation in patients. The chapter also covers assessment and treatment of delirium in cancer patients.

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