Dr. Erika Kube, Emergency Medicine: Lifelong Treatment of Schizophrenia

Dr.  Erika Kube

A patient had just arrived at the emergency department in police custody. He was upset and excited and had to be stopped by hospital security guards so he couldn’t run away. The nurse asked me to see him right away because she was worried he might need some medicine so we could evaluate him safely.

I felt the urgency in her voice, so I went straight to his room. I saw a very frightened young man and tried to talk to him. He looked past me and seemed to be talking to someone who was not in the room with us. I said his name repeatedly and tried to calm him down, but I couldn’t get his attention. I was worried that if we let him go he would get into traffic or otherwise injure himself.

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