Altered Mental Status Workshop

Your patient talks nonsense, suddenly he is unconscious – Why? What to do!?
 
There is no quick and easy answer, so we have prepared the Altered Mental Status workshop for you to learn to approach these patients and be able to answer the questions above.
 
Materials:
- Approach to the patient with altered mental status: A document taking you step-by-step through the approach. Have your ABCDE and altered mental status pocket cards by your side since these are used. The document will also take you through 10 causes of altered mental status; definitions, symptoms and findings as well as acute management.
 
- Altered Mental Status pocket card: Your new best friend when assessing patients with altered mental status. Take a look at it, we will start the workshop with a practical session of each step.
 
- Detailed Glasgow Coma Scale pocket card and video: You will use this during the workshop to get this quite tricky examination right. Please watch the video on the so we won’t start from scratch at the workshop.
 
- Managing Traumatic Brain Injury pocket card: Makes the decisions a little easier.
 
Please note: All pocket cards can be downloaded. At EMSS17 you will receive a printed copy of the pocket cards as well.

Approach to the patient with altered mental status:

DOWNLOAD EMSS17 – Altered Mental Status – Approach to the patient with altered mental status (pdf, updated on 27.07.17)

Altered mental status pocket card (click to enlarge – download link at the bottom):

EMSS17 - Altered Mental Status - Pocket card 1 Altered mental status algorithm

Detailed Glasgow Coma Scale pocket card (click to enlarge – download link at the bottom):

EMSS17 - Altered Mental Status - Pocket card 2 GCS

Glasgow Coma Scale assessment video:


Video available from YouTube by GCS at 40.

Managing Traumatic Brain Injury pocket card pocket card (click to enlarge – download link at the bottom):EMSS17 - Altered Mental Status - Pocket card 3 - Traumatic brain injury algorithm

Download all Altered Mental Status pocket cards:

EMSS17 – Altered Mental Status – Pocket cards (pdf)