Emergencies in Geriatric Psychiatry

  • Ana Hategan
  • James A. Bourgeois
  • Tracy Cheng
  • Julie Young


The emergency department (ED) setting poses challenges in the appropriate diagnosis and treatment of geriatric patients. With an emphasis on emergency medical conditions, including both comorbid and primary presentation of various psychiatric disorders, this section focuses on providing quality geriatric patient care in ED settings. In the emergency setting, primary consideration of delirium is routinely needed, especially in geriatric patients; this can include the episodes of delirium induced as a physical consequence of suicidal acts, such as toxic ingestions.


Emergency department Delirium Dementia Depression Suicidality Homicidality Psychosis Sedation Psychiatric boarding 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Hategan
    • 1
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 2
    • 3
  • Tracy Cheng
    • 4
  • Julie Young
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural NeurosciencesMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryBaylor Scott and White Health Central Texas DivisionDallasUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTexas A&M University Health Science Center, College of MedicineTempleCanada
  4. 4.St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, McMaster UniversityHamiltonUSA
  5. 5.Mercy San Juan Medical CenterFarmingtonUSA

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