Psychiatric Emergencies in Oncology Ambulatory Care Settings

Emily B. McBride

Linda H. Eaton

psychiatric disorders, psychiatric care, suicide, depression, anxiety
CJON 2022, 26(4), 438-442. DOI: 10.1188/22.CJON.438-442

Psychiatric emergencies may occur in the oncology ambulatory care setting as a result of psychiatric disorders among patients with cancer. Preparedness, assessment, management, and debriefing of psychiatric emergencies can ensure successful outcomes. The nurse has a role in all phases of a patient’s psychiatric emergency

At a Glance:

  • Patient agitation, with risk of harm to self or others, is the common clinical presentation of a psychiatric emergency.
  • As members of the healthcare team, nurses can intervene quickly to ensure the safety of the patient and others.
  • Debriefing of the psychiatric emergency with the healthcare team and others provides insight for management of future events.
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