School Nurses on the Front Lines of Medicine: Uppers and Downers: The Approach to the Student With Altered Mental Status

Kelly Patterson, Jodi Brady, Robert P. Olympia

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Abstract

Although a student presenting with altered mental status due to substance use may occur infrequently in the school setting, it is of utmost importance to develop a differential diagnosis and to initiate stabilization of the student. This article describes the initial assessment and management of a student presenting with altered mental status, focusing on the differential diagnosis of altered mental status, on the varying presentations associated with common intoxications and ingestions, and on the screening tools available for the detection of depression and substance use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)350-355
Number of pages6
JournalNASN school nurse (Print)
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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