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

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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…
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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.