Emergency Care 13th Edition Chapter 23


The manner in which a person acts

behavioral emergency

when a patient's behavior is not typical for the situation; when the patient's behavior is unacceptable or intolerable to the patient, his family, or the community; or when the patient may harm himself or others

excited delirium

bizarre and/or aggressive behavior, shouting, paranoia, panic, violence towards others, insensitivity to pain, unexpected physical strength, and hyperthermia, usually associated with cocaine or amphetamine use.

positional asphyxia

inadequate breathing or respiratory arrest caused by a body position that restricts breathing