Orientation Exam


Orientation Exam, Disorientation, Cognitive Orientation

  • Exam
  1. Person (name, age, year of birth)
  2. Place (current location, home address)
  3. Time (date, day of week, time of day, season, month)
    1. Time is the first orientation factor to be lost
  4. Situation (reason for encounter)
  • Interpretation
  1. Minor Disorientation may be induced by stressors
  2. Major Disorientation or decreased alertness suggests organic cause (see Delirium)
  • References
  1. Zum, Swaminathan and Egan in Herbert (2014) EM:Rap 14(7): 11-13
  2. Tomb (1992) Psychiatry, 4th Ed, Williams and Wilkins, Baltimore, p. 6-11