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Resources for Emergency Department Settings

Those admitted to emergency departments may be among the most high-risk for suicide. A multi-site study found that a bundle of prevention strategies such as suicide risk screening, discharge resources, and brief interventions resulted in a five percent decrease in the proportion of patients who attempted suicide in the 52 weeks after their visit and a 30 percent drop in the total number of suicide attempts in that period.1

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  • 1. Miller, I. W., Camargo, C. A., Arias, S. A., Sullivan, A. F., Allen, M. H., Goldstein, A. B., . . . Boudreaux, E. D. (2017). Suicide prevention in an emergency department population: The ED Safe study. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(6), 563–570.

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Engage | Readings

Knox, K., Stanley, B., Currier, G., Brenner L, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M., & Brown G. (2012). An emergency department-based brief intervention for veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET). American Journal of Public Health, 102(Suppl. 1), S33–37.

Lead | Readings
This Joint Commission Sentinel Event Alert discusses risk and contributing factors for suicide in the health care environment, as well as risk reduction strategies for medical/surgical and emergency…
Improve | Readings

Jayaram, G., & Triplett, P. (2008). Quality improvement of psychiatric care: challenges of emergency psychiatry. The American journal of psychiatry, 165(10), 1256-1260.

Transition | Readings

The goal of this paper is to highlight key steps emergency department (ED) providers can take to establish continuity of care for patients at risk for suicide, and thereby, to substantially reduce…

Training Workshops | Tools

Emergency departments (EDs) play an important role in suicide prevention. The self-paced online course, Preventing Suicide in Emergency…

Training Workshops | Tools

Emergency departments (EDs) play an important role in suicide prevention. The self-paced online course, Preventing Suicide in Emergency Department…

Lead | Readings

This Joint Commission special report offers recommendations from a panel of experts regarding environmental hazards for providers and surveyors and what constitutes adequate safeguards to…

Identify | Tools

The Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ) Toolkit is a free resource for medical settings (emergency department, inpatient medical/surgical units, outpatient clinics/primary care) 

Identify | Tools

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a seven-minute video about The Patient Safety Screener (PSS-3), a tool for identifying patients in the acute care setting who may be at…

Identify | Tools

SPRC designed this guide to assist Emergency Department (ED) health care professionals with decisions about the care and discharge of patients with suicide risk. Its main goal is to improve…

Transition | Tools

Centerstone of Tennessee developed this Memorandum of Understanding with emergency departments to enhance follow-up services for clients.

Identify | Tools

The Joint Commission has released a new compendium of Suicide Prevention resources, Zero Suicide among them, to support the implementation of National Patient Safety Goals 15.01.01, revised…

Identify | Tools

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau has released Critical Crossroads: Pediatric Mental Health Care…

Lead | Tools

The Joint Commission released a revision of National Patient Safety Goal 15.01.01 in May 2019 with seven new and revised elements of performance applicable to all Joint Commission-accredited…

Transition | Tools

To help close these gaps that put individuals at increased risk for suicide after a psychiatric hospitalization, the Action Alliance (…