Journal of Clinical Medicine Research, ISSN 1918-3003 print, 1918-3011 online, Open Access
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Original Article

Volume 7, Number 11, November 2015, pages 840-844

Characterization of Older Emergency Department Patients Admitted to Psychiatric Units


Figure 1.
Figure 1. Chief complaints of geropsychiatric patients in the ED. Other chief complaints included debility, medication noncompliance, anxiety, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, and behavioral disturbance.
Figure 2.
Figure 2. Admission diagnoses of geropsychiatric patients. Other admission diagnoses included delirium, functional decline, decompensated mental health disorder, schizophrenia, asymptomatic bacteriuria, and mild hyponatremia.


Table 1. ED Diagnostic Testing
Diagnostic testSubjects tested (n = 100)Abnormal testsIf ED action was taken for abnormal tests
Basic metabolic panel96%21.9% (21/96)14.3% (3/21)
Complete blood count94%23.4% (22/94)0% (0/22)
Urinalysis89%24.7% (22/89)11.2% (10/89)
Head CT scan without contrast71%21.1% (15/71)0% (0/15)
Electrocardiogram69%10.1% (7/69)0% (0/7)
Alcohol level62%4.82% (3/62)0% (0/3)
Toxicology screen61%23.0% (14/61)0% (0/14)
Chest X-ray51%13.7% (7/51)0% (0/7)