Scope of Application
This guideline is intended for physicians working in emergency departments.
This guideline applies to adult patients presenting to the emergency department with psychiatric symptoms. Critical question 4 includes patients with delirium.
This guideline is not intended to be used for pediatric patients. It is also not intended for patients with delirium in regard to critical questions 1, 2, and 3.
Recommendations offered in this policy are not intended to represent the only diagnostic and management options that the emergency physician should consider. ACEP recognizes the importance of the individual physician’s judgment and patient preferences.