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.

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