The unconscious patient presents a challenging emergency in the intensive care unit. This is a dangerous time for the patient; patient evaluation and treatment must occur simultaneously. Clinical circumstances with immediate therapeutic consequences, such as hypoxia or hypoglycemia, must be identified and treated quickly. Then, as the patient’s condition is being stabilized, a working diagnosis must be made and a treatment plan formulated. Lengthy diagnostic procedures, such as angiography and magnetic resonance imaging, should be considered only after these initial steps are taken.
KeywordsDementia Respiration Neuropathy Carbon Monoxide Meningitis
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