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Managing Suicidal Patients in the Emergency Department
University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications
  • Marian E. Betz, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Edwin D. Boudreaux, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Emergency Medicine; Department of Psychiatry; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences
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Caring for ED patients with suicidal thoughts and behaviors is challenging, given time pressures, boarding of patients waiting for psychiatric beds, and the inherent difficulty in predicting imminent self-harm. However, providers—like patients—should not lose hope: most suicidal crises are short-lived and repeated attempts are not inevitable. Not every ED patient with suicidal thoughts needs inpatient admission or even a mental health consultation, and ED providers should take pride in their skills in caring for this at-risk population.
DOI of Published Version
Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Feb;67(2):276-82. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.09.001. Epub 2015 Oct 9. Link to article on publisher's site
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Marian E. Betz and Edwin D. Boudreaux. "Managing Suicidal Patients in the Emergency Department" Vol. 67 Iss. 2 (2016) ISSN: 0196-0644 (Linking)
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