What the emergency department needs to know when caring for your patients with eating disorders
Article first published online: 18 JUN 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 45, Issue 8, pages 977–981, December 2012
How to Cite
Mascolo, M., Trent, S., Colwell, C. and Mehler, P. S. (2012), What the emergency department needs to know when caring for your patients with eating disorders. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 45: 977–981. doi: 10.1002/eat.22035
- Issue published online: 16 NOV 2012
- Article first published online: 18 JUN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 MAY 2012
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- refeeding syndrome;
- intravenous fluids;
In this article, we will examine the most common emergency department presentations of eating disorder patients, review the pathophysiologic changes that lead to such presentations, and discuss the appropriate management of each patient.
Literature review of current practices.
This article serves as a guide for ED physicians caring for patients with eating disorders. It can also serve to improve communication between mental health specialists and emergency room physicians when transferring care of a patient to the ED.
Patients with anorexia and bulimia nervosa present to ED with a multitude of vague complaints. It is crucial for ED physicians to recognize that such complaints stem from an underlying eating disorder to understand the pathophysiology behind such complaints. This in turn will lead to appropriate management of patient symptoms, which can often be complex for the provider and stressful for the patient. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)