Routine Screening Of ED Patients For Suicide Risk May Be An Effective Preventive Measure

HealthDay (4/11, Preidt) reports, “Routine screening of emergency” department (ED) “patients for suicide risk might be an effective way to prevent it,” the findings of a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggest. After nurses at eight EDs “were trained to screen patients for three suicide risk factors: depression, suicidal thoughts and previous suicide attempts,” researchers found that “over five years, suicide screenings rose from 26 percent to 84 percent, and detection of patients at risk of suicide increased from nearly 3 percent to 5.7 percent.”

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— “ER Screenings Could Help Prevent Suicide: Study,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, April 11, 2016.

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