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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

Search for resources specific to Emergency Departments below.

 

  • 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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The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Primary Care Practices contains tools, information, and resources to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices and overcome…

Identify | Videos

In this short video, Dr. Ed Boudreaux, a professor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine, highlights the importance of developing…

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In this short video, Dr. Shannon Dial, the Executive Officer for the Chickasaw Nation’s Integrated Service Division, shares key elements of success for integrating Zero Suicide…

Engage | Tools

The Seattle Children's Hospital created a Zero Suicide Initiative Pathway for use with children and youth presenting for care to allow for standardized processes for suicide risk screening…

Transition | Tools

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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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

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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…

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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

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

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…

Training Workshops | Tools

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

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…