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Medical Clearance For Psychiatric Care
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Medical clearance for psychiatric care is a medical exam to make sure that a patient's psychiatric symptoms are not caused by a medical condition. Psychiatric symptoms such as delusions or hallucinations may be caused or made worse by medicine or a physical illness. Caregivers will provide any necessary treatment so that the patient may be safely transferred to a psychiatric facility. Talk to the patient's caregiver if you have questions or concerns about his condition or care.
Tests that may be needed to medically clear a patient for psychiatric care:
- A mental exam checks the patient's awareness and memory. The caregiver will ask the patient if he knows his name, his location, and the date.
- A neurological exam checks the patient's vision, sensation, reflexes, and muscle function.
- An EKG records the patient's heart rhythm to make sure it is safe to transfer him.
- Blood and urine tests check for infection, test kidney function, or get information about the patient's overall health.
- An x-ray takes pictures of the patient's chest to check for infection or fluid in the lungs.
- A CT scan , or CAT scan, is a type of x-ray that uses a computer to take pictures of the patient's head. The scan checks for fluid or a tumor. The patient may be given a dye before the pictures are taken to help caregivers see the pictures better. Tell the caregiver if the patient has ever had a reaction to contrast dye.
The patient will see a medical doctor while at the psychiatric hospital if he takes medicine or has a medical condition.
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