Identifying At-Risk Patients in the ED
Identifying At-Risk Patients in the ED Wednesday, November 20, 2013
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were approximately 130 million visits to emergency departments (EDs) in the United States. In addition to providing emergent care, staff at EDs can help identify patients at risk for mental and behavioral health issues and other conditions that may require treatment or referral for services provided by other organizations.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that promoted screening of patients in the ED to identify individuals at risk for specific conditions. The programs include an intervention that enhanced access to mental health services for veterans at risk of suicide, an ED screening procedure that identified patients with potential eating disorders in order to facilitate treatment, and a hospital process that connected young victims of violence with community-based support to prevent repeat episodes.
The featured QualityTools include a screening tool for ED staff to help identify youth at risk for suicide, and a guide for ED staff and clinicians to promote recognition and prevention of morbidity and mortality associated with eating disorders.
- Hospital-Based Program Educates and Arranges Community-Based Support for Young Victims of Violence, Leading to Fewer Repeat Episodes
- Emergency Department Screening Identifies Many Patients With Possible Eating Disorders, Suggesting Potential to Facilitate Earlier Diagnosis and Connection to Treatment
- Emergency Departments Identify and Support Veterans at Risk of Suicide, Enhancing Their Access to Outpatient Mental Health Services
Also in This Issue:
- Statewide Collaborative Combines Social Marketing and Sector-Specific Support to Produce Positive Behavior Changes, Halt Increase in Childhood Obesity
- Statewide Campaign Provides Education and Technical Support to City Officials, Leading to Policies That Promote Healthy Behaviors
- Health Plan's Multifaceted Strategy Involving Care Coordination, Disease Management and Physician Incentives Leads to Better Outcomes and Reduced Costs for Medicare Advantage Enrollees
- Statewide Measurement and Reporting System Stimulates Quality Improvement in Targeted Clinical Areas, Becomes Standard for Local and National Pay-for-Performance Programs