Best Practices in Managing Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Emergencies (Pharmacology CME) is organized by EB Medicine.

Date of Original Release: January 1, 2018
Date of most recent review: December 15, 2017
Termination date: January 1, 2021..
CME Expiration Date: February 1, 2021

Target Audience:
This enduring material is designed for emergency medicine physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and residents.

CME Credits:
4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAFP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits. 

Specialty CME Credits: Included as part of the 4 credits, this CME activity is eligible for 4 Behavioral Health CME and 1 Pharmacology CME credits

About this Issue:
It is often assumed that a behavioral health issue is solely due to a psychiatric cause. However, many medical pathologies may present with behavior problems and must be ruled out. In this issue, you will learn:

•  Risk factors for suicide, aggression, and violence
•  The common presentations of behavioral health emergencies, including depression, anxiety, suicidal behavior, aggression, and severe disorganization, as well as potential underlying medical causes of these behaviors
•  Steps to ensure a safe environment for the patient and ED staff
•  Key aspects of evaluating and examining patients with suicidal behaviors, psychosis, and disorganized behaviors
•  When screening laboratory tests and radiologic studies are warranted
•  Environmental, verbal, pharmacologic, and physical de-escalation interventions
•  Which patients require inpatient psychiatric or medical admission, as well as various options for outpatient care

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to: 
• demonstrate medical decision-making based on the strongest clinical evidence; 
• cost-effectively diagnose and treat the most critical ED presentations
• describe the most common medicolegal pitfalls for each topic covered.

CME Objectives:
Upon completion of this article, you should be able to:
• Discuss the differential diagnosis, evaluation, workup, and disposition planning for acute presentations of behavioral emergencies
• Recognize emergency presentations related to side effects of psychotropic medications
• Describe the steps involved in behavioral and pharmacologic management of agitation in children and adolescents
• Discuss challenges in triage, consultation, medical or psychiatric clearance, legal issues, and disparities unique to the behavioral health needs of patients in emergency settings.

Intended Audience

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Activity Payment Details

Activity Fee : USD $49.00

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