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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 ( or the director of the Master Dr. Jordi Castillo (


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

  • CN02RA - Identify the main aspects and data of greatest clinical relevance to establish effective communication in the case of urgent pathology, taking into account the psychological dimension of suffering of the patient and family.
  • CN03RA - Identify the risks associated with procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in emergencies, considering the safety of the patient and that of other professionals.
  • CP04RA - Evaluate clinical findings that indicate vital risk or serious functional threat to a patient to establish a priority of actions, adapting available resources and ensuring quality in their care.
  • CP05RA - Readjust care and modify care planning through continuous evaluation of the patient in urgent and emergency situations.
  • CP07RA - Apply in an agile and decisive manner the action protocols and clinical practice guides in the most serious or prevalent processes in urgent care and emergencies.
  • CP08RA - Intervene decisively, precisely and effectively in the application of invasive and non-invasive therapeutic techniques used in emergencies.
  • CP09RA - Develop the necessary skills to adequately care for any patient, respecting the fundamental rights of equality between men and women, and the promotion of human rights as well as the values ​​of a culture of peace and democratic values ​​that include the promotion of inclusive, non-discriminatory language free of stereotypes.
  • HB01RA - Formulate judgments based on incomplete or limited information that adjust to the reality of the clinical case to establish the necessary parameters of action.
  • HB02RA - Discuss judgments taking into account the area of ​​study (urgency and emergency), including reflections on ethical and social responsibilities.
  • HB06RA - Develop healthcare action that respects both current legislation in pre-hospital and hospital healthcare and the principle of equity, ensuring equal opportunities and universal access for patients, respect for human rights and social and sustainable coexistence.
  • HB07RA - Apply the rules of ethics and law that govern healthcare and the relationship with the patient in urgent and emergency situations, being prepared to communicate the fundamental aspects of these rules when required.
  • HB08RA - Identify, through anamnesis and physical examination, the symptoms and signs of the main acute pathological processes and the acute complications of chronic ones, interpreting them correctly.
  • HB09RA - Analyze the risks associated with procedures, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in emergencies to develop them in conditions of maximum safety for the patient and other professionals.

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.