Journal article

Management of mental health patients attending Victorian emergency departments

Jonathan C Knott, Alex Pleban, David Taylor, David Castle

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the management of mental health presentations to Victorian emergency departments. METHOD: An observational study in five Victorian emergency departments (four metropolitan and one regional). All patients with an ICD-10 discharge diagnosis for a predetermined mental health disorder were included. Data were collected on patient demographics, presentation, clinical management (emergency and mental health) and disposition. RESULTS: There were 3702 patients enrolled (96.0% of all mental health presentations). At presentation 39.1% were intoxicated and 39.9% arrived by ambulance, 17.6% with the police. There was a significant variation (p 24 h in the emergency department (0...

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