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View Full Document Right Arrow Icon In Two Minds? EMS care of the schizophrenic patient by By Cornelia A. Bryan, BSAS, NREMT-P, Joseph J. Mistovich, MEd, NREMT-P, William S. Krost, MBA, NREMT-P, & Daniel D. Limmer, AS, EMT-P Dec 2009 Schizophrenia is a common psychiatric condition encountered by EMS professionals that is characterized by disturbances in the patient’s perceptions, thoughts, behaviors and affect that last for more than six months. Although in Greek the word schizophrenia means “split mind,” it does not mean split personality. Because schizophrenia is commonly mistaken for various other psychiatric conditions, it is important for EMS providers to know what it is and how to assess and manage patients who have or display signs and symptoms associated with this condition. EPIDEMIOLOGY Schizophrenia is a debilitating brain disorder that affects 2.4 million American adults, or 1.1% of the population. 1 Schizophrenia usually occurs in late adolescence or early adulthood, although it can occur at any age. Typically, the psychotic symptoms associated with this disorder appear earlier in males than in females, but the disorder usually affects both genders equally. 2 Schizophrenia is more common than multiple sclerosis, insulin-dependent diabetes, muscular
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