Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Neurological, Psychiatric, Geriatric and Palliative Care Emergencies

Neurological, Psychiatric, Geriatric and Palliative Care Emergencies
Second semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: English, Spanish,

Teaching staff

You can contact by email the person responsible for the subject Dr. Javier Jacob (fjacob@uic.es) or the director of the Master Dr. Jordi Castillo (jcastillo@uic.es)


This subject addresses the theoretical study of the main acute pathological processes (and acute complications of chronic processes) neurological, psychiatric, geriatric and palliative care, all of them in their pathophysiological, clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites for taking this subject

Competences/Learning outcomes of the degree programme

  • CB7 - Students should be able to apply the knowledge acquired and have the ability to solve problems in new or little-known environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of study.
  • CB8 - Students should be able to integrate their knowledge so that they can deal with the complexity involved in making judgements based on information that may be incomplete or limited, and may therefore require considerations of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge or judgement.
  • CE01 - To have the ability to communicate with patients suffering from a disease that requires urgent treatment, managing resources for a patient-doctor conversation that is initially focused on the most important medical aspects.
  • CE02 - Planning emergency care, assessing the psychological dimension of the suffering of patients and family members
  • CE03 - When a patient has an intense or worsening condition, students should know how to identify and assess clinical indications of a risk to their life or a serious danger to their functions, establishing priorities for their treatment.
  • CE05 - To use a patient's medical history and physical examination to identify the signs and symptoms of the most common serious conditions and serious complications to chronic conditions, correctly interpreting the information.
  • CE06 - To demonstrate their knowledge and flexible and decisive handling of protocols and guidelines for clinical practice when dealing with the most serious or common conditions in urgent and emergency care.
  • CE07 - To carry out a continuous re-evaluation of the patient in urgent and emergency care in order to readjust the provisional diagnosis and consequent change to the treatment plan when necessary.
  • CE08 - To act decisively, accurately and efficiently when applying the invasive and non-invasive treatment techniques used in emergencies.
  • CE09 - To recognise the risks associated with operation procedures and the diagnostic techniques and treatments employed in emergencies, and to carry them out as safely as possible in terms of the safety of the student, other professionals and the patient.
  • CG1 - To know how to work in a multidisciplinary team in an independent way, and how to take the initiative to resolve any disputes or problems that arise between different professional perspectives.
  • CG2 - To act fairly, making sure to offer equal opportunities and universal access to patients who require medical attention, encouraging respect for human rights and a social and sustainable coexistence.
  • CG3 - To practice effective timekeeping and to manage activities so as to ensure efficient organisation and the best possible ability to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
  • CG6 - To apply current healthcare legislation related to both pre-hospital and hospital care.
  • CT01 - To respect the ethical standards and laws that govern healthcare and the relationship with the patient in urgent and emergency care, as well as the ability to provide information on basic aspects of the same when required.

Learning outcomes of the subject

  • Knows the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to urgent situations in mental health: attempted autolysis, psychomotor agitation.     
  • Knows the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to neurological emergencies: acute headache, acute neuralgia, vertiginous syndrome, stroke, TIA, seizures, changes in the level of consciousness, coma, infections of the central nervous system.    
  • Know the etiology, pathophysiology, clinic, and approach to emergencies in the patient in palliative care 



Urgent neurological and psychiatric pathology

  • stroke     
  • seizures     
  • Headache     
  • Eat     
  • Acute complications of chronic neurological pathologies     
  • Acute muscle weakness     
  • Acute neuralgias. Peripheral facial paralysis
  • Extrapyramidal syndrome. Malignant neuroleptic syndrome   
  • Vertigo management     
  • Management of acute hearing loss     
  • Management of hydrocephalus     
  • Management of acute confusional syndrome     
  • Management of agitation and delirium     
  • Anxiety crisis. Conversion crises, Depressive crises. Suicidal ideation     
  • Legal aspects in the psychiatric emergency     
  • Acute psychosis     
  • Management of acute syndromes due to drug use or withdrawal    

Specific aspects of the geriatric patient in the emergency department

Emergencies in oncology and palliative care

  • Urgent complications of the cancer patient. Tumor lysis syndrome, hypercalcemia, superior vena cava syndrome     
  • Complications of cytostatics     
  • Management of emergencies in palliative care patients

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The following teaching methodologies will be used to develop the subject:

Theoretical class (CT) in the classroom: The teacher will present his syllabus with audiovisual help if he sees fit. In these activities, the student has a basically receptive role, although with the possibility of active participation individually or in groups.

Clinical Cases (CC): In the virtual classroom, activities scheduled for the student to solve clinical assumptions on their own or in teams, under the supervision of the teacher, thus contributing to advance in the practical application of the theoretical knowledge acquired and in The process of decision making.

Self-learning activities (AAP). For these activities, the UIC virtual platform "Moodle" will be your main tool. In it you will be able to find different resources (study material, discussion forums, multimedia resources ...) and various activities (evaluation questionnaires, carrying out tests ...) designed for the student to advance on his own, tutored by the teacher, in the development of its fundamentally theoretical competences.

Individual student activity (AIA). Outside or inside the academic space, activities carried out autonomously by the student tutored by the teachers, to achieve the objectives of the program.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person


There will be a mixed evaluation that will have 3 components:

1) Class participation and attendance (10%)

2) . Online exercise (15%)

     . Online exercise (15%)

3) Theoretical examination of the subject (60%) 

The student must obtain a minimum score of 4 points in each of the components of the evaluation of the subject. To pass the subject, you must get at least a 5.


Those students who do not exceed the minimum of 4 points in any of the aforementioned evaluations will have to appear at the second call of these parts. The approved parts will be kept with the grade obtained on the first call.

 To pass the subject, you must get at least a 5.

Bibliography and resources

They will be in the Virtual Platform "Moodle". Each teacher will generate their bibliography and resources depending on the subject taught.