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Question: How can I remember the causes of coma and altered mental status?

Answer:

TIPS-Vowels–that is, TIPS-AEIOU.

TIPS

T Trauma, temperature
I Infection (CNS and systemic)
P Psychiatric
S Space-occupying lesions, stroke, subarachnoid hemorrhage, shock

VOWELS

A Alcohol and other drugs
E Endocrine, exocrine, electrolytes
I Insulin (diabetes)
O Oxygen (lack of), opiates
U Uremia

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